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Podcast title The Innovation Ecosystem: changing perspectives, one podcast at a time
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Description Join us, as we interview remarkable and thought-provoking guests about innovation, leadership and change in the world of business. We do this by exposing you to multiple perspectives from the arenas of business, academia, science and sports. We bring you key insights and proven tools you can use straight away to enrich your ecosystem so you are better able to respond to change. Full show notes available at InnovationEcosystem.com
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1. 087 - Colliding with the Unexpected with Gillian Tett
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In this episode, we are joined by author and journalist, Gillian Tett, to discuss the role anthropology plays in today’s business world. Gillian is the author of the award-winning book, Fool’s Gold, which analyses the origin of the 2008 financial crisis, and most recently, The Silo Effect, and is currently a columnist and US Managing Editor of The Financial Times.

What Was Covered

Why more and more companies today are turning to anthropologists for insight into employee and consumer culture. What executives can do to prevent silos from developing within their organizations. How anthropology and cultural awareness can help us to understand and predict the future of the digital and technology economy. Key Takeaways and Learnings Social silences: why we should pay more attention to what we’re not talking about. Insider-outsider perspective: how empathizing and contextualizing can help executives to analyze their own company cultures and structures. Slack: why the freedom to collide with the unexpected can lead to innovation. Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Get in touch with Gillian via Twitter or email Financial Times, website Saving the Sun, a book by Gillian Tett Fool's Gold: The Inside Story of J.P. Morgan and How Wall St. Greed Corrupted Its Bold Dream and Created a Financial Catastrophe, a book by Gillian Tett The Silo Effect, a book by Gillian Tett Jamie Dimon’s ‘listening’ bus? Get on board, an article by Gillian Tett

2. 086 - Catalysing Innovation with Questions with Hal Gregersen
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In this episode, we are joined by Hal Gregersen, author of The Innovator’s DNA, to discuss his latest book, Questions are the Answer. Hal is a Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Innovation and the Executive Director of the Leadership Center at MIT, and has previously taught at Dartmouth College, The World Economic Forum, and the London Business School.

What was covered

Why Hal believes most CEOs have trouble asking questions and how to pivot from answer-centric to question-led leadership. How to be a better leader by asking the ‘different, better question’ and using the ‘power of the pause’. How Hal’s question-first process of reframing of challenges can help us discover the winning solution. Key Takeaways and Learnings Associational thinking: how observing, networking, and experimenting helps the world’s top leaders find novel solutions nobody has thought of before. Catalytic questions: why challenging our false assumptions of the world forces us to create new beliefs and act on our questions. Question bursts: why receiving no answers to our questions can help us to innovatively solve problems. Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Get in touch with Hal via email, Twitter or LinkedIn Hal's website The Innovator's DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators, a book by Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen and Clayton M. Christensen Questions Are the Answer: A Breakthrough Approach to Your Most Vexing Problems at Work and in Life, a book by Hal Gregersen MIT Leadership Center, website The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a book by Douglas Adams Marc Benioff, Chairman & Co-CEO of Salesforce Principles: Life and Work, a book by Ray Dalio The Seat of the Soul, a book by Gary Zukav Player Piano: A Novel, a book by Kurt Vonnegut Brief Answers to the Big Questions, a book by Stephen Hawking Melinda Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Tony Robbins, website Sam Abell, National Geographic photographer Innovaton Ecosystem Episode 085 – Fearless Outperformance: Creating Conditions for the Very Best Teams to Excel with Amy Edmondson

3. 085 - Fearless Outperformance: Creating Conditions for the Very Best Teams to Excel with Amy Edmondson
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In this episode, we are joined by Amy C. Edmondson to discuss her latest book, The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth. Amy is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School and is the world expert on psychological safety, a topic recently made famous by the findings of Google’s Project Aristotle, the quest to build the perfect team.

What Was Covered

How leaders can create psychologically safe environments in the workplace, in service of innovation and profitable growth. The ‘fearless’ organization, and why fear-based leadership strategies are a recipe for failure. How leaders leverage approaches from indigenous cultures to deal with some of the worlds more pressing VUCA challenges Key Takeaways and Learnings Psychological safety: why workplaces should be safe spaces for employees to explore, experiment and solve problems. Uncertainty and interdependence: why human and interpersonal fears create unsafe work environments. Silence: why keeping quiet can be dangerous and result in enormous mistakes and value destruction, as well as lost market opportunities. Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Get in touch with Amy via Twitter or LinkedIn Amy's page at Harvard Business School The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth, a book by Amy Edmondson What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team, HBS case by Charles Duhigg Cynthia Carroll at Anglo American, an article by Gautam Mukunda, Lisa Mazzanti and Aldo Sesia The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women, a book by Kate Moore Questions Are the Answer: A Breakthrough Approach to Your Most Vexing Problems at Work and in Life, a book by Hal Gregersen Other mentions: Thinkers50, Bridgewater, Eilleen Fisher fashion Company, Pixar, Volkswagen, Wells Fargo Innovaton Ecosystem Episode 078 – Human Innovation, Smart Machines with Ed Hess Innovaton Ecosystem Episode 083 – Museums as “Curators of Epiphanies”: an Untapped Treasure Trove of Lessons for Leaders with Wanda Draper Innovaton Ecosystem Episode 071 – Learn, Leap, Rinse, Repeat with Whitney Johnson Innovaton Ecosystem Episode 028 – Inventing The Future with Business Model Innovation with Alex Osterwalder

4. 084 - Silicon Valley: from "a Bicycle for the Mind” to “Opiate for the Masses” with Adam Fisher
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In this episode, we are joined by writer and speaker, Adam Fisher, to discuss his latest book, Valley of Genius: The Uncensored History of Silicon Valley (As Told by the Hackers, Founders, and Freaks Who Made It Boom). Adam has previously worked as a freelance journalist for a variety of prestigious publications and as Features Editor of New York Magazine and Wired Magazine.

The Silicon Valley of today, and why Adam believes the industry is now a game between the old and the young The origins of gaming, and the declining role played by women over the course of its evolution The counterculture of Silicon Valley, and why today’s social media obsessed society has corrupted the science of computing Key Takeaways and Learnings Nerd culture: how today’s popular culture has been taken over by the less popular Morality: how a social media obsessed world is failing humanity Doing: why the future of computing innovation relies on doing and not talking Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Get in touch with Adam via Twitter or LinkedIn Adam's website Valley of Genius: The Uncensored History of Silicon Valley (As Told by the Hackers, Founders, and Freaks Who Made It Boom), a book by Adam Fisher The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine, a paper by Sergey Brin and Lawrence Page Kim Stanley Robinson books Innovaton Ecosystem Episode 050 – Hacking Flow: How to Make Outperformance a Habit with Steven Kotler

5. 083 - Museums as “Curators of Epiphanies”: an Untapped Treasure Trove of Lessons for Leaders with Wanda Draper
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In this episode, we are joined by Wanda Draper, who is the Executive Director at Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture to discuss her experience on the board of a museum and how museums can influence innovation. Wanda has over 40 years of experience in both broadcast and print journalism and has previously worked as Director of Programming at NBC-affiliated WBALTV, Director of Public Information for the Governor of Maryland, and as a reporter for The Baltimore Sun.

How Wanda uses her transferable communication skills from her time as a journalist to create a new communicative culture. Why museums can offer fresh and creative perspectives that can help spark innovation. How Wanda is helping to shape a new and different kind of museum experience. Key Takeaways and Learnings Inclusivity: how museums are helping to influence visitors of all generations and ethnicities to learn and connect. Lessons: why exhibitions and artworks offer a lesson to be learned. Growth: how museums today are offering unique and personal learning experiences. Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Get in touch with Wanda via Reginald F. Lewis Museum's website Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, website Visit Baltimore, website The Baltimore Convention Center, website Other mentions: Jacob LawrenceRomare Bearden, NBC-affiliated WBALTVThe Baltimore Sun, Hearst Corporation Innovaton Ecosystem Episode 068 – Accidental CEO with David Novak

6. 082 - Gorillas In Our Midst with Christopher Chabris
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In this episode, we are joined by cognitive psychologist, Christopher Chabris, who is perhaps best known for his collaborative research on the Ig Nobel prize-winning ‘Gorillas in Our Midst’ experiment and his subsequent popular psychology book, The Invisible Gorilla. Chris is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Union College in New York and a Senior Investigator at Geisinger Health System.

Why Chris believes companies often fail the test of inattentional blindness during the product design phase. Why our attention is more limited than we think and how learning self-control can help us to take in more information. Why we overvalue confidence and how we can work to recognize and overcome our own cognitive biases. Key Takeaways and Learnings Inattentional blindness: the surprising facts on how limited our attention is. Illusion of attention: why we think we pay more attention to things than we actually do. Human cognitive architecture: how understanding the limitations and foibles of the human mind can lead to successful product and technology design. Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Get in touch with Christopher via email or Twitter Christopher's website The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions Deceive Us, a book by Christopher Chabris Invisible Gorilla, Facebook page Gorillas in Our Midst, scientific paper Selective Attention test, YouTube video of the experiment Ulric Neisser, the father of Cognitive Psychology A Deadly Wandering: A Mystery, a Landmark Investigation, and the Astonishing Science of Attention in the Digital Age, a book by Matt Richtel 65% of Americans believe they are above average in intelligence, a study by Patrick R. Heck, Daniel J. Simons and Christopher F. Chabris Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values, a book by Robert M Pirsig Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction, a book by Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner Everything Is Obvious: How Common Sense Fails Us, a book by Duncan J. Watts Thinking, Fast and Slow, a book by Daniel Kahneman Innovaton Ecosystem Episode 070 – The Return on Investment of Mental Models with Robert Hagstrom Innovaton Ecosystem Episode 078 – Human Innovation, Smart Machines with Ed Hess

7. 081 - Fighting The Good Fight Against Bias with Dolly Chugh
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In this episode, we are joined by author and social scientist, Dolly Chugh, to discuss her book, The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias, which studies how implicit bias and unintentional ethical behavior affects our everyday decision making. Dolly is a Professor of Management and Organizations at New York University, has won several awards for excellence in teaching and ethics, and is a monthly columnist for Forbes.com.

Why our brains are biased, and the ways in which we can begin to recognize our own conscious and unconscious biases Why confirmation bias can hinder the success of a recruiting the best potential talent in the workplace How we can learn to recognize and use our own privileges to challenge and help change other people’s biases Key Takeaways and Learnings The growth mindset: why seeing ourselves as a ‘work in progress’ can help us to learn from other perspectives Conscious and unconscious biases: why affinities and associations with our personal identity can lead us to make less successful decisions The business benefits that come from bringing in different perspectives to core business processes, including higher levels of innovation, increased creativity, improved employee retention and recruiting success Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Get in touch with Dolly Chugh via Twitter, FacebookLinkedIn or Good Reads Dolly Chugh's website The Person You Mean to Be, a book by Dolly Chugh NYU Stern School of Business, website Forbes.com, website Thinking, Fast and Slow, a book by Daniel Kahneman Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, a book by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein Anthony G. Greenwald, psychologist

8. 080 - Little Nudges, Big Results
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In this episode, we are joined by Steven MacGregor, who is the founder and CEO of The Leadership Academy of Barcelona and author of Sustaining Executive Performance and his latest book is Chief Wellbeing Officer, in which he discusses the importance of maintaining positive mental health in the workplace. Steven is also an academic specializing in executive education and has taught at Stanford University, IMD at Lausanne, and CIBS in Shanghai.

Why Steven believes that positive mental health and humanity will help us to thrive in the future world of work . How not to be over busy, and the benefits of slowing down in the workplace. Why Steven believes we should focus on the small picture, and how to quickly learn new and automatic habits. Key Takeaways and Learnings Ambiguity: why being flexible, employing different solutions and the ability to pivot is an essential skill set for successful senior executives. Small gains: how multiple improvements, however small, can have a big impact on results. Mindfulness and well being: how taking care of your mental health can help lead you become a top performer. Agility: how movement can help to boost innovation and allow us to learn fresh perspectives. Nudges: how to take back your worries and feel healthier by hacking your social and environment rituals. Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Get in touch with Steven MacGregor via LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook Leadership Academy of Barcelona, website Chief Wellbeing Officer, a book by Steven MacGregor Sustaining Executive Performance, a book by Steven MacGregor The Neo-Generalist, a book by Kenneth Mikkelsen The Stress Report, by DO Lectures Our World in Data, website Jamie Dimon’s ‘listening’ bus? Get on board, an article by Gillian Tett Scott DeRue, the Dean of Michigan Ross School of Business Innovaton Ecosystem Episode 071 – Learn, Leap, Rinse, Repeat with Whitney Johnson Other mentions: Stanford University, IMD at Lausanne, CIBS in Shanghai

9. 079 - Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance with Angela Duckworth
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In this episode, we are joined by Angela Duckworth, who is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, which proposes the concept of ‘grit’ as using passion and personal conscientiousness to achieve long-term goals. Angela has also been a winner of the MacArthur Genius Fellowship.

What Was Covered

How passion and perseverance is at the heart of grit and its contribution to high performance The naturalness bias and our preference towards those we perceive as naturally talented compared to those who strive to achieve success The mundanity of excellence and how champions learn to love the discipline of working on their craft How successful people use hopeful mindset to solve challenges, setbacks, and failures. Key Takeaways and Learnings Focus: why the most successful gritty high performers spend up to 70% of their time developing their passion alone. Assets of passion: the four developmental stages we experience in realizing our passions in life. Top level goals: how to set your most important priorities aside from lesser interests as a path to achieving your top-level goal. Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Get in touch with Angela Duckworth via Twitter or Facebook  Angela's websites: https://angeladuckworth.com/ and https://www.characterlab.org/ Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, a book by Angela Duckworth Angela's TED talk University of Pennsylvania, website McKinsey, website The Mundanity of Excellence: An Ethnographic Report on Stratification and Olympic Swimmers Daniel F. Chambliss

10. 078 - Human Innovation, Smart Machines with Ed Hess
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In this episode, we are joined by author and professor, Ed Hess. Ed has published several notable books on learning and innovation including Learn or Die and his most recent work, Humility is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age. Ed is currently a professor, Batten Executive-in-Residence and Batten Faculty Fellow at the Darden Graduate Business School at the University of Virginia.

The company of the future in the smart machine age is one where innovation is the strategic differentiator - as operational excellence is going to be primarily technology enabled How human learning underpins both operational excellence and innovation Why mitigating and overcoming fear and ego is the key to becoming a better learner. Key Takeaways and Learnings ‘Unbossing’ and how to create an idea meritocracy by devaluing the hierarchy of empowerment. How the future of technology will humanize business, help people to overcome their own personal limitations and develop as highly creative, intuitive, and innovative human beings. How changing our mental models can help us develop listening and engagement skills to connect with others to drive innovation. Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Get in touch with Ed Hess via email, LinkedIn or Twitter  Darden Business School at the University of Virginia Learn or Die, a book by Ed Hess Humility Is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age, a book by Ed Hess Bridgewater Associates Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences, a book by William Richards Bone Games: Extreme Sports, Shamanism, Zen, and the Search for Transcendence, a book by Rob Schultheis The Innovation Ecosystem Podcast Episode 050 – Hacking Flow: How to Make Outperformance a Habit with Steven Kotler

11. 077 - Season 4 Wrap Up: What Is Your Most Significant Failure/”Low”, What Have You Learned From It and How Have You Applied That Learning?
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“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm”. So said Winston Churchill, a man who had his fair share of professional disasters to accompany his well known successes.

A less painful and more practical strategy for many of us might be to learn from other people’s mistakes. There can be no doubt that you will encounter unexpected and unwanted outcomes as a result of looking at the world through multiple perspectives, or as a result of changing or adapting your work habits in order to remain fresh and creative. So we all need to be prepared for the inevitable lows and I believe that the key is to quickly identify your mistake and take action.

It is for this reason we ask every guest about their most significant lows, and what they have learned from them.

Given their diversity of backgrounds and perspectives, here are some examples from the trenches about how a few of our highly accomplished guests from Season 4 from the worlds of business, academia, sports, science, and the arts have emerged from there lows and how they take that learning forward to create success.

What was covered:

049 - Innovating a 2000 Year Old Product with Annalisa Gigante 050 – Hacking Flow: How to Make Outperformance a Habit with Steven Kotler 052 - Meaning Makers: How Top Leaders Use Stories with David Pearl 060 – Technonomics and Why My Profits Might Just Disappear with John Straw 061 - Bottling Amazonian Wisdom with Tyler Gage, the Co-Founder of RUNA 066 - Turn Your Ship Around with David Marquet 067 - the Answer is... a Question with Warren Berger 068 – Accidental CEO with David Novak 069 - Innovating, Medici Style with Frans Johansson Previous Wrap Up Episodes: 075 – Season 4 Wrap Up: What Have You Changed Your Mind About Recently? 076 – Season 4 Wrap Up: How Do You Remain Creative And Expose Yourself To Fresh Perspectives?

12. 076 - Season 4 Wrap Up: How Do You Remain Creative And Expose Yourself To Fresh Perspectives?
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We believe passionately in the power of multiple perspectives to build and sustain innovation ecosystems.

And yet we are all creatures of habits, following schedules and routines that enable us to continue to perform at high levels, but which might leave us with little room for exploring the new. So unless we proactively seek out fresh perspectives, we run the risk of remaining in our own personal bubbles, surrounded by people who think only like us, so increasing the risk of biases like groupthink, not-invented-here and confirmation bias.

We always ask our guests what they do to remain fresh, to seek out diverse perspectives, and the answers are often surprisingly simple and practical. Here we provide a selection of tactics, all of which are easy to do, but are equally easy not to do. By regularly exercising your innovation muscles, the benefits to you and your organization will build up and compound over time, as these world class performers have discovered.

052 - Meaning Makers: How Top Leaders Use Stories with David Pearl 054 - Back in the Game: EA's Near Death Experience with Andy Billings 058 - Dual Transformation and Why Noah's Arc Management Can't Work with Scott Anthony 061 - Bottling Amazonian Wisdom with Tyler Gage, the Co-Founder of RUNA 062 - Gambling on Innovation: How To Be Productively Wrong With Luis Perez-Breva of MIT 063 - When Big and Small Make Great with Brad Feld 066 - Turn Your Ship Around with David Marquet 067 - the Answer is... a Question with Warren Berger 069 - Innovating, Medici Style with Frans Johansson 070 - The Return on Investment of Mental Models with Robert Hagstrom 071 – Learn, Leap, Rinse, Repeat with Whitney Johnson 072 – Confessions of a Corporate Insurgent with Gib Bulloch

13. 075 - Season 4 Wrap Up: What Have You Changed Your Mind About Recently?
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Season 4 of the Innovation Ecosystem Podcast has been a long one, starting with episode 48, and ending with episode 74. As ever, we have been extremely fortunate to have been able to attract some remarkable guests from the worlds of business, academia, sports, science and the arts, and all of these guests are world-class in their chosen field.

We ask our guests the same three questions, which get to the heart of what it takes as a leader to create an innovation ecosystem in your organization, irrespective of what business you are in, and where you are located.  The guests are given these questions in advance so that they can reflect on them and the answers are invariably very insightful. The first of these three questions, "What Have You Changed Your Mind About Recently?" is the topic for this wrap up episode. The other two questions are featured in subsequent episodes.

The inspiration for the first question came from Charlie Munger, who in many respects constitutes one of the main wellsprings of inspiration for the Innovation Ecosystem.

Several years ago Charlie Munger made the following statement: “a year in which you do not change your mind on some big idea that is important to you is a wasted year”.  This question gets to the heart of the unconscious biases that we as individuals all suffer from. Many of us go through life seeking confirmatory evidence to reinforce our decisions. Sometimes however, we are able to overcome this confirmation bias and change our minds on something big. From a business point of view it is key that you are able to overcome the organizational biases like "not invented here" syndrome, groupthink, the halo effect, stereotyping: this is how we can start to look at the market differently,  to build our innovation muscles, to innovate around multiple value drivers,  to change our perspective and the perspectives of those around us. So this is why we ask our guests this question, and the answers are fascinating.

049 - Innovating a 2000 Year Old Product with Annalisa Gigante 054 - Back in the Game: EA's Near Death Experience with Andy Billings 058 - Dual Transformation and Why Noah's Arc Management Can't Work with Scott Anthony 063 - When Big and Small Make Great with Brad Feld 064 - Ignoring the Siren Call of Sameness Creates Lasting Value with Scott Page 066 - Turn Your Ship Around with David Marquet 067 - the Answer is... a Question with Warren Berger 069 - Innovating, Medici Style with Frans Johansson

14. 074 - After The Storm: The View from Brazil with Ricardo Amorim
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In this episode, we are joined by economist and entrepreneur, Ricardo Amorim. Ricardo is founder and CEO of Ricam Consultoria, a financial and investment consultancy, and recent startups AAA Academy and Smartrips. Ricardo is also the author of the best-selling book, After the Storm, is a host on Brazil’s leading news channel, GloboNews, and is a lecturer and keynote speaker.

Why Brazil’s market has been historically volatile, and what Ricardo believes are the solutions to this Why Ricardo forecasts that despite a recent ‘economic depression’, Brazil’s economy is set to boom in the next three to five years Why Brazil’s agribusiness is set to soar in the near future, and how available land and advancing technology is helping to bring investment to the country’s farmlands Key Takeaways and Learnings How the country is recovering from recent economic crisis by focusing on innovation and startups to rival South America’s smaller markets and the larger global markets The challenges that Brazilian companies face in attracting home and foreign business investments, and why this creates hidden opportunities for potential investors The role that culture and history have played in Brazil’s tendency towards short term thinking in business and the steps being taken to encourage more of an ‘owners mindset’ to to take advantage of the enormous opportunities in that market Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Get in touch with Ricardo Amorim via emailLinkedIn or Twitter Ricam Consultoria, website AAA Academy, website Smartrips, website After the Storm, a book by Ricardo Amorim Other mentions: Syngenta, Berkshire Hathaway, Goldman Sachs, Wal-Mart, Anheuser-Busch, Burger King, Heinz, Kraft

15. 073 - Innovation in Africa with Jean-Claude Bastos
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In this episode, we are joined by entrepreneur and innovation influencer, Jean-Claude Bastos. Jean-Claude is the founder of Quantum Global Group, Banco Kwanza, Angola’s first investment bank, and The African Innovation Foundation (AIF), which aims to support sustainable projects in Africa and hosts the annual Innovation Prize for Africa.

Jean-Claude’s perspectives on Africa developed from his long experience through education, innovation hubs, and technology training and why he sees the continent as “the last frontier in business and innovation" How the demographics of Africa - where in 60% of the population is under 19 -years of age - impacts its approach to innovation How the African Innovation Foundation has helped innovators transform $13m of investment into $200m of valuations Key Takeaways and Learnings How the AIF’s created an innovation ecosystem, which includes an incubator, accelerator, co-working spaces, make it spaces, and cultural hubs to connect innovators and investors in Africa How companies who have invested in Africa have used employee ”loyalty programs” as an approach to retain local talent, where social safety nets are often weak The traps international businesses risk falling into if they view Africa as a monolith. Its diversity of histories, languages and cultures, etc., mean that approaches to business vary widely across the continent Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Get in touch with Jean-Claude Bastos via LinkedIn or Twitter Jean-Claude's website Quantum Global Group, website Banco Kwanza, website The African Innovation Foundation (AIF), website The Soap Factory - cultural hub in Angola, website ZuaHub - a platform to connect innovators in Africa, website Innovation Prize for Africa, website Other mentions: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, African Union, Botswana Innovation Hub, M-Pesa, WeChat The Innovation Ecosystem Podcast Episode 068 – Accidental CEO with David Novak The Innovation Ecosystem Podcast Episode 066 – Turn Your Ship Around with David Marquet


16. 072 - Confessions of a Corporate Insurgent with Gib Bulloch
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In this episode, writer, speaker, and intrapreneur, Gib Bulloch, joins us to discuss his newly released book, The Intrapreneur: Confessions of a Corporate Insurgent. He spent 20 years at Accenture where he started Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP), a buinsess unit set up to leverage that business’s expertise and experience in service of global development organizations.Gib now works as a consultant specializing in intrapreneurship, social enterprise, and cross-sectoral partnerships. He is also a noted public speaker and has contributed to The Huffington Post, Businessweek, and The Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Why CEOs and leaders need to make changes in organisational processes and to cultural norms to reflect the changing needs of the workforce of tomorrow How best practices from the world’s most admired companies can be used to deliver impact via the work of global development organizations Why if people “want to think out of the box" they need to get out of the box to apply their skills; a different context as a way of seeing things they would not otherwise see in their normal daily routines Key Takeaways and Learnings How organisational cultures, norms, and middle management (the “corporate immune system”) conspire invisibly to stop innovation in its tracks The power of bottom-up change; Gib’s call to action for millennials to push for change within their organizations both individually and collectively The possibilities of “not for loss” business models that are cost neutral to shareholders and have measurable business benefits Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Get in touch with Gib Bulloch via emailLinkedIn or Twitter Gib's website The Intrapreneur: The Confessions of a Corporate Insurgent, a book by Gib Bulloch World Economic Forum at Davos speech Accenture, website Other mentions: British PetroleumHay GroupVoluntary Service Organization, The Gates foundationGSK

17. 071 - Learn, Leap, Rinse, Repeat with Whitney Johnson
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In this episode, we are joined by Whitney Johnson to discuss her upcoming book, Build an A-Team. Whitney is the author of the bestselling book Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Innovation to Work, and is the founder of the accompanying Disrupt Yourself podcast. Whitney is also a noted speaker, and executive and innovation coach, and is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review.

What was covered

The S-curve, and how it can be used to gauge not only product growth and investment, but individual learning and innovation The stages of learning in the S-curve, and how to predict challenges and boredom in the individual learning process in order to drive growth and prevent a lack of innovation Why Whitney believes organizations should hire “disruptively”, taking on market rather than competitive risk for this core business process Key Takeaways and Learnings ‘Onrampers’ and ‘boomerangers’, and how organizations can benefit from hiring these ex-employees who return with fresh skills and competitor and client knowledge ‘Taking the pulse of the workplace’ and how to optimize your people for innovation and predict disruption by analyzing the different stages of learning within your team ‘Learn, leap, repeat’; Whitney’s theory for leaders on how to use the S-curve model to lead teams towards innovation by implementing fresh learning cycles Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Get in touch with Whitney Johnson via emailLinkedIn or Twitter Whithey Johnson's website Build an A-Team: Play to Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve, a book by Whitney Johnson Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work, a book by Whitney Johnson Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream, a book by Whitney Johnson Whitney Johnson's podcast The Innovation Ecosystem Podcast Episode 013 – The Disruptive Individual, Riding the S-Curve and Liberating Constraints with Whitney Johnson The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business, a book by Clayton M. Christensen The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World is Still the Least Valued, a book by
Ann Crittenden Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, a book by Liz Wiseman


18. 070 - The Return on Investment of Mental Models with Robert Hagstrom
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In this episode, we are joined by Robert Hagstrom, who is an author, investment strategist, and portfolio manager. His books include The New York Times bestselling The Warren Buffett Way and The NASCAR Way: The Business That Drives the Sport and the recently republished Investing: The Last Liberal Art, in which he investigates investment concepts that lie out with traditional economics.

What Was Covered

Robert's commitment to the “latticework” theory of investing, which is based on building connections between different mental models and disciplines The reasons that Robert views biology as the better discipline to think about markets rather than the physics based approach most commonly used in modern portfolio theory The risks of comparative analysis for decision making given our tendency to look for what is similar more than what is different Key Takeaways and Learnings Steps to being a better investor by using multiple models of comparison and analysis and observing multiple perspectives Robert's advice on the questions to ask yourself before investing in companies, and how he personally looks for growth in potential new investments How to think outside of traditional economic theory and use concepts from biology, philosophy, and psychology to make better business decisions Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Get in touch with Robert Hagstrom via email, LinkedIn or Twitter Equity Compass Strategies, website Investing: The Last Liberal Art, a book by Robert Hagstrom The Warren Buffett Way, a book by Robert Hagstrom The NASCAR Way: The Business That Drives the Sport, a book by Robert Hagstrom Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger, a book by Charlie Munger The Innovation Ecosystem Podcast Episode 063 - When Big And Small Make Great with Brad Feld 

19. 069 - Innovating, Medici style with Frans Johansson
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In this episode, we are joined by author, speaker, and entrepreneur, Frans Johansson. Frans is the author of the bestselling book, The Medici Effect, from which the now popular term was coined, and more recently, The Click Moment. Frans is the Founder and CEO of The Medici Group, a consultancy firm which promotes innovation through diversity.

The Medici Effect, the name given to what happened in a period in Florence history where creative individuals from myriad disciplines, sculptors, architects, painters, philosophers, etc., were able to break down the boundaries between the different disciplines and cultures and ignite what became one of the most creative eras in Europe's history and the lessons it has for today’s workd of business How the instinct to surround yourself with people like yourself creates barriers to innovation How organizations typically do not properly capitalize on the valuable resource that new hires bring – a critical period where new concepts and ideas can be introduced How to introduce diversity at executive level by overcoming the fear of the unpredictability of innovation Key Takeaways and Learning How diversity drives innovation through different perspectives that build upon each other to break new ground The concept of “Intersectional hunting” - to actively look for a field or a discipline or a person or a culture that doesn't necessarily make immediate sense and then through that make a connection, then using this to tackle the issue, opportunity, challenge that you have at hand in a new way Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Get in touch with Frans Johansson via Twitter or LinkedIn Frans Johansson's website The Medici Group, website The Medici Effect, a book by Frans Johansson The Click Moment,  a book by Frans Johansson Lucky or Smart, a book by Bo Peabody

20. 068 - Accidental CEO with David Novak
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In this episode, we are joined by David Novak, former CEO and Founder of Yum! Brands which includes Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and KFC. David is the author of several books including Taking People With You and his biography The Education of An Accidental CEO. Most recently, David has co-founded oGoLead, a digital leadership training platform that aims to change the world by building better leaders.

Why David believes there is a toxic leadership problem in today’s business world and the role leadership training has to play in solving this problem The recognition methods and processes that are central to David’s leadership philosophy How David uses his experience as a marketer to get inside the minds of the people he leads to learn perceptions, habits, and beliefs and so better understand where to focus efforts to achieve change Key Takeaways and Learnings ‘Heartwiring’ and ‘Hardwiring’; why leading from your heart and making others feel valued is just as important to business results as process excellence ‘Freedom within a framework’; how David boosted the international market for US fast food brands through localization ‘Extraordinary authenticity’; why self-awareness and being confident yet vulnerable is the key to becoming a better leader Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Get in touch with David Novak via Twitter or LinkedIn David Novak's website Lift a Life Foundation, website Lead2Feed program Taking People With You, a book by David Novak The Education of An Accidental CEO, a book by David Novak Yum!Brands, website oGoInsider Leadership Podcast with David Novak, Episode #8 - Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JPMORGAN CHASE

21. 067 - The Answer Is... a Question, with Warren Berger
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In this episode, author and journalist Warren Berger joins us to discuss his book, A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry in Sparking Breakthrough Ideas, which examines the ways in which deep questioning fuels innovation. Warren has contributed articles and stories to The New York Times, GQ, New York magazine, and The Los Angeles Times, and was previously magazine editor for CBS and contributing editor for Wired.

How questioning leads to innovation and why Warren believes the best innovation is fuelled by an endless cycle of questioning at every stage The benefits of both informed and uninformed questioning and how these differences interplay within different work cultures How to get into deep questioning within the constraints of existing processes and routines Key Takeaways and Learnings How to use combinatorial thinking and sharing questions with other people, colleagues, and experts to learn perspectives and arrive at solutions that others hadn’t necessarily looked at before How ‘Why?’,‘How might I?’ and ‘What if?’ questions help to create new realities by combining things that don’t typically work together How to develop the habit of asking questions as a leader, and how to encourage your colleagues and team members to question with courage, curiosity, and focus Links and Resources Covered in this Episode Get in touch with Warren Berger via Twitter Warren Berger's website1 and website2 More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas, a book by Warren Berger Right Question Institute, website Christensen Institute, website Brain Pickings, a blog by Maria Popova Adam Grant, website Daniel Pink, website Farnam Street, website

22. 066 - Turn Your Ship Around with David Marquet
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In this episode, we are joined by David Marquet, who was the Captain of the USS Santa Fe from 1990 to 2001 and now works as a leadership expert with businesses worldwide. We cover his book, Turn The Ship Around! A True Story of Building Leaders by Breaking Rules, which has been recently re-released with a new companion workbook.

Why it is essential to have a longer-term perspective in your people development processes. Because while achievement scorecard runs while you're at an organization, your leadership scorecard starts counting the day you leave Why leadership should be centered on ‘leaning back’ and inviting your team to ‘lean forward’ Why David believes it is important to alternate between two sets of behaviors, languages, and mindsets to optimize between production and  decision-making scenarios Key Takeaways and Learnings How pausing – and fighting the urge to take immediate action – is essential to developing the  ‘leadership muscle’ of a team The differences between a ‘prove’ and ‘improve’ mindset and how to signal to your team which mindset should be adopted in different situations Actions to create a system thinkers and leaders at every level, how this develops organizational resilience and inoculates it against stupid decisions How leaders need to ‘flatten the power gradient’, to make themselves accessible and create the environment for others to contribute Links and Resources Covered in this Episode Get in touch with David Marquet via LinkedInTwitter or Facebook David Marquet's website Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders, a book by David Marquet United States Naval Academy, website The Innovation Ecosystem Podcast Episode 039 – Talking 100% Entrepreneurship & 0% Bureaucracy with Heiko Fischer of Resourceful Humans


23. 065 - Fashioning possibilities from dance, digital and denim with Piyush Chowhan
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In this episode we are joined by Piyush Chowhan who is the Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer for Arvind Lifestyle Brands, which operates more than a thousand apparel retail stores across India. Piyush has extensive experience in retail strategy, business analytics, customer loyalty and CRM, retail business consulting and supply chain management.

What was covered How technology is rapidly changing the apparel retail industry and how Arvind implements innovation to help to keep up the pace with changing consumer behavior The digital transformation happening in retail as brands look to move from simply selling a fashion product to offering the customer a fashion experience How the next generation of employees in India is leading the change towards a more open, communicative, and grassroots innovation process Key Takeaways and Learnings The concept of ‘jugaad’, an Indian term that is used in a number of situations, including the application of frugal innovation and carving a path for yourself  How a focus on design-led innovation and a marketing shift towards online influencers is helping to Indian brands to reach a global audience in the rapidly and massively changing apparel retail industry Piyush’s observations of the key differences within Indian based organizations compared to the US and Europe, including structural and management differences, and innovative processes Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episde Get in touch with Piyush Chowhan via LinkedIn or Twitter Arvind Brands, website Other mentions: WalmartTargetCircuit CityTescoBest Buy Dual Transformation, a book by Scott Anthony The Culture Map, a book by Aaron Meyer The Innovation Ecosystem Podcast Episode 063 - When Big And Small Make Great with Brad Feld The Innovation Ecosystem Podcast Episode 060 - Technonomics and Why My Profits Might Just Disappear with John Straw The Innovation Ecosystem Podcast Episode 035 - Mind+Machine Strategies That Enable Corporations to Develop New Innovation Capabilities with Marc Vollenweider

24. 064 - Ignoring the siren call of sameness creates lasting value with Scott Page
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In this episode, we are joined by Scott E. Page, a Professor of Complex Systems, Politcal Sciences, and Economics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Scott is an external faculty member at the Santa Fe Institute and is an author and speaker who has worked with Google, Bloomberg, Blackrock and NASA. Today, he discusses his latest book, The Diversity Bonus.

What was covered Why diversity within teams must be based on cognitive differences and not solely differences in identity How the best problem-solvers and forecasters use several models and equations to assess the best strategy for solving complex economic issues Why cognitive diversity is a strategic asset given its impact on high-value problem solving, predictions and strategic planning Key Takeaways and Learnings The Diversity Bonus; the added value that comes from team members thinking about problem solving differently, bringing different tools together and how to realize this bonus Avoiding the ‘siren call of sameness’ – why business leaders go wrong in employing people that are similar in identity and experience If you have one way to look at the world you would be better off flipping a coin to support your business decision making Links and Resources Mentioned in this Podcast Get in touch with Scoot Page via email, Facebook or LinkedIn The Diversity Bonus: How Great Teams Pay Off in the Knowledge Economy (Our Compelling Interests), a book by Scott E. Page University of Michigan, Ann Arbor website Santa Fe institute website Course taught by Scott Page 'Model Thinking' Other mentions: Cinematch, Bell Labs, Kaggle, Molex, InnoCentive, CalTech The Big Short, a movie by Adam McKay Expert Political Judgement, a book by Philip E. Tetlock The Chessboard and the Web, a book by Anne-Marie Slaughter The Success Eqaution, a book by Michael J. Mauboussin Cognition in the Wild, a book by Edwin Hutchins The Pause Principle, a book by Kevin Cashman

25. 063 - When Big and Small Make Great with Brad Feld
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This week we are joined by entrepreneur, author and venture capitalist, Brad Feld. Brad is a co-founder of Techstars, a platform for startups to access funding and entrepreneurial networking, and is also the co-founder of venture capital firm, Foundry Group. Brad is the author of several books on startups as well as an entrepreneurial advice blog. He sits on the board of several technology startups and was an early investor in Fitbit, Zynga, and Harmonix.

What Was Covered How startup ecosystems have changed – and become more democratized – in the 30 years in which Brad has been active within them How digitization of production, distribution, customer relationships, etc., is making strategic “moats” much more penetrable than they were before How diversity of an ecosystem builds resilience but how our biases (both conscious and unconscious) make this difficult for us Key Takeaways and Learnings Those large organizations that are extracting greatest benefit from startup ecosystems are doing so not through control (typical of a hierarchy) but through engagement and feeding back learning into their own institution – creating high levels of “return on learning” This large company engagement with entrepreneurs also builds loyalty, so that as startups grow they can become a positive weapon rather than a threat Great innovation leaders combine continua practical skills development (getting good at your work) with endless and radical self-inquiry (embracing lifelong learning and exploration) Resources and Links Mentioned in this Podcast Brad's blogs Feld Thoughts and Venture Deals Get in touch with Brad on Twitter, LinkedIn and via email The Innovation Ecosystem Podcast Episode 044 - Combining Startup and Corporate with Jenny Fielding of Techstars The Innovation Ecosystem Podcast Episode 011 - Innovative Disruption with Larry Cunningham The companies co-founded by Brad Feld: Foundry Group, Techstars, Mobius Venture Capital The companies Brad invested in: Uber, Fitbit, Zynga, Harmonix Other mentions: Kauffman Foundation, Cox Enterprises, Amazon, Target, Metro, Barclays, Cedars-Sinai, Rover, Reboot.io  Brad Feld's books The Ideal Financial Reporting Tempo for a VC-Backed Company, blog post published on Feld Thoughts (January 2017) Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger, edited by Peter D. Kaufman Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't, a book by Jim Collins

26. 062 - Gambling on Innovation: How To Be Productively Wrong With Luis Perez-Breva Of MIT
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In this episode, we are joined by Luis Perez-Breva, a lecturer and research scientist at MIT’s School of Engineering and the Director of MIT’s Innovation Teams Program. Luis has extensive experience in both innovation practice - via his involvement in multiple startups - and innovation research - through his academic work.  He recently published his first book, Innovating: A Doer’s Manifesto for Starting from a Hunch, Prototyping Problems, Scaling Up, and Learning to Be Productively Wrong.

What Was Covered

Why Luis sees following “innovation recipes” is inherently wasteful and essentially high stakes gambling How the best innovators both prepare for scale at each stage and excel at applying their “parts” to identified problems How a corporation’s existing products and services give it an innovation advantage over startups

Key Takeaways and Learnings

Luis’s tried and tested method, anticipating failure at each ‘scale’, which can help innovators to prepare and solve as many foreseeable faults as possible
- what he being “productively wrong” as a way to avoid “failing predictively” How to use linear processes to improve the non-linear process of building innovation Innovating the skillset; how companies learn and repurpose what they do today to provide entirely different products in the future

Links and Resources Mentioned in This Podcast

Innovating: A Doer’s Manifesto for Starting from a Hunch, Prototyping Problems, Scaling Up, and Learning to Be Productively Wrong – a book by Luis Perez-Breva Get in touch with Luis Perez-Breva via LinkedIn, Twitter and email - lpbreva@mit.edu MIT School of Engineering website The Morning Ledger: Why you probably work a giant US company, a report by Rhea Rao, The Wall Street Journal Blog, April 2017 The Innovation Ecosystem Podcast Episode 058 – Dual Transformation and Why Noah’s Arc Management Can’t Work with Scott Anthony of Innosight

27. 061 - Bottling Amazonian Wisdom with Tyler Gage, the Co-Founder of RUNA
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In this episode we’re joined by Tyler Gage, co-founder of the organic tea company Runa, and author of the book, Fully Alive: Using the Lessons of the Amazon to Live Your Mission in Business and Life. Tyler shares how his immersion into life in the Amazon guided him in building a socially responsible business able to thrive in the hyper-competitive soft drinks segment.

What Was Covered How Tyler’s interest in peak performance led him to indigenous elders in the Amazon and how life there inspired him to build a business The parallels to be found from the Amazonian concept of wisdom and modern business and entrepreneurship Discovering strength in vulnerability and how admitting what we don’t know creates an environment to learn from others Key Takeaways and Learnings How the sophisticated listening and landscape awareness skills that are required to provide food in the Amazon can deliver success for an executive or entrepreneur Seeing obstacles as teachers, and how this tribal practice of the South American rainforests is a winning strategy for business problem solving How businesses can use their “taproot”, their reason for existence, to create cultures that inspire employees Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Tyler Gage's website RUNA website Get the book Fully Alive: Using the Lessons of the Amazon to Live Your Mission in Business and Life by Tyler Gage Get in touch with Tyler via LinkedIn or email The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answer, a book by Ben Horowitz The Republic of Tea: Letters to a Young Entrepreneur, a book by Mel Ziegler, Bill Rosenzweig and Patricia Ziegler

28. 060 - Technonomics and Why My Profits Might Just Disappear with John Straw
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In this episode, we are joined by digital and marketing entrepreneur, John Straw, who describes himself as a “technonomist” – someone exploring the cutting edge of technology and looking to understand where it fits from both an economic and commercial perspective.. John is a Senior Advisor at McKinsey and IBM, as well as an author, speaker and investor with over 30 years of experience in IT and digital transformation.

What Was Covered

The journey John sees towards “programmatic enterprises” in which the availability of data and artificial intelligence allow for organizational control on a totally different level than possible today How this journey takes us from decision making via experience and intuition to experience augmented by data to data augmented by experience to simply by data. And how, as per previous major shifts (think of the introduction of the PC) this happens not as a “big bang” but as a more gradual or “stealthy” process The advice that John uses when personally investing in new technology businesses and his two-part rule which he advises business leaders to use in renovation and innovation implementation

Key Takeaways and Learnings

How companies are using “layered” data to improve their renovation and innovation activities How new technologies, and the pace of their development, provide opportunities for scale for all companies’ renovation processes Why transformational innovation activities (“breaking” the existing business) need to go “in the garage”, away from the innovation “killers” of process and politics

Links and Resources Mentioned in this Podcast

Get in touch with John Straw via Twitter, LinkedIn or email McKinsey & Company - Global Management Consulting iDisrupted - a book by Michael Baxter and John Straw John's posts at the Disruption Hub Blog Innovation Ecosystem Podcast Episode 054 - Back in the game: EA's Near Death Experience with Andy Billings

29. 059 - Four Pillars of Good Board Governance with Prof. Didier Cossin
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In this episode, we are joined by Founder and Director of the IMD Global Board CenterProf. Didier Cossin. Didier is a global expert in governance, and in addition to his role at IMD has served as a consultant to the United Nations, the European Central Bank and multiple major corporations, including HSBC, Vodafone, Schlumberger and Coca-Cola. We speak about four pillars of good board governance: people, information, structure and  processes, and group dynamics.  

What Was Covered

Didier’s definition of board governance as “the art of decision making at the top of organizations” The particular challenge that corporations with a long history face to transform and how this requires board leadership that “breaks the internal mould, breaks bureaucracy and opens up to the world” What Didier has identified as the four pillars that constitute good governance – people, information, structure and processes and group dynamics - with good and bad examples of each

Key Takeaways and Learnings

A good assessment of board effectiveness is the extent to which it focuses on the past compared to the future – and that most boards spent too much time looking back A board must ensure it receives the proper balance of internal and external information, of formal and informal information. That the very best board packs are “synthetic” – they use a variety of tools to synthesize the information that tracks the evolution of the key metrics The criticality of the difficult task of organizing a board so its committees are well structured and focused on the issues of most importance to the organization How a Chairman needs have the “art” of stimulating the right discussions, ensuring all views are considered and bringing these together – and the importance of this to enabling a functioning organization

Links and Resources Mentioned in this Podcast

Get in touch with Prof. Didier Cossin via LinkedIn and email: didier.cossin@imd.org  IMD Business School for Leadership and Management Courses - www.imd.org  IMD Global Board Center - https://www.imd.org/board/board-center/  The list of Prof. Didier Cossin's articles and publications

30. 058 - Dual Transformation and why Noah's Arc Management can't Work with Scott D. Anthony of Innosight
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In this episode, Scott D Anthony, writer, speaker and Managing Partner at consulting firm Innosight, joins us to discuss his new book, Dual Transformation – How to Reposition Today's Business While Creating the Future. Scott is a globally renowned specialist in innovation, publishing several books on the domain as well as being a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review.

What Was Covered

Scott’s concept of ‘dual transformation’ and his assertion today’s every changing global marketplace companies need to reinventing their business of today to make it ‘better, faster, cheaper’ (Transformation A) at the same time as creating their business of tomorrow (Transformation B) Why the most successful leaders in innovation are ‘living at the periphery’ and not at the core of their industry Why Scott believes that combining the best elements of startups and large companies is a good path to solve today’s biggest global challenges How Scott’s experience of living in Asia has evolved his thinking on how best to organize markets, and the role that family owned businesses, private companies and government linked enterprises can play

Key Takeaways and Learnings

By doing ‘dual transformations’ together allows an organization to take the disruptive threats that are coming at them today and turn them into exciting growth opportunities of tomorrow To avoid getting stuck in the core of today it is necessary to be able to play at the periphery of an industry. The core of today will give you no signal that it’s time to change until it’s too late The meeting of entrepreneurial energy with assets and scale can make magic happen – so we should look for ways to combine the start up and large company communities to tackle our most intractable problems There are different cultural norms around the world in how people and organizations think about failure. And where we see a reluctance to accept failure it holds back the innovation ecosystems both within large companies and startups

31. 057 - To Fear is Human with Akshay Nanavati, the Author of Fearvana
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In this episode, author and speaker, Akshay Nanavati, joins us to discuss his new book, Fearvana: The Revolutionary Science of How to Turn Fear into Health, Wealth and Happiness, which uses neuroscientific and psychological research to aid personal development. Akshay talks openly about his personal journey, struggle with drugs and alcohol and post traumatic stress disorder diagnosis that led to the research in his concept of Fearvana. Akshay is a Marine Corps Veteran, adventurer, entrepreneur and success coach.

What Was Covered

Akshay’s definition of Fearvana as the state of bliss that results from engaging our fears to pursue our own worthy struggle Why Akshay believes that we should change our relationship with, and the benefits that can flow from handling differently our most primitive and basic emotion The view that we should Feel whatever we feel, whatever shows up, it's what we do with it that matters Ashkay’s research into neuroplasticity and the ability to rewire neuro-connections in the brain through introspection and habit changing

Key Takeaways and Learnings

The importance of acknowledging and accepting our own fears without judgement as the key to mental, physical and spiritual growth Proven techniques to allow us to change the relationship to our emotions How approaches such as visualising obstacles can help us avoid procrastination, or other proxies for fear, and improve our performance in the space between stimulus and response

32. 056 - I Don't Care if it's Disruptive or Sustaining Innovation. What the Hell Do I Do Now? - with Greg Satell
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In this episode, we are joined by Greg Satell, an entrepreneur, author, speaker, and innovation advisor. Greg has been published in The Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Fast Company Inc., The Times of London, and Business Insider, and has just published his first book, Mapping Innovation. Previously, Greg spent 15 years in media businesses in Eastern Europe - from Poland to Moscow to Kiev and from small business journals to large news organizations and lifestyle brands. His work as an innovation advisor spans from Fortune 500 companies, to mid-size firms, and startups.

What was Covered

Greg’s approach to mapping innovation, what he calls a “playbook for navigating a disruptive age” How organisations can no longer just look to their internal capabilities and assets to solve their most important problems but need to leverage external platforms in order to extend those internal capabilities How companies like Eli Lilly and Experian used new approaches to problem solving that involved the ecosystems of talent and technology which are key to sustaining innovation in today’s world of work Key Takeaways and Learnings Looking at innovation as an important problem which requires a novel solution – in the end a line manager is less interested in whether an innovation is sustaining or disruptive but if it answers the perennial question of, “What the hell do I do next?” How power is moving from the top of the heap to the center of a network which means the indispensable partners are the dominant players Why managing connections to external ecosystems of talent is today’s essential management skill as competitive advantage switches from being the sum of all efficiencies to the sum of all connections Links and Resources Mentioned in This Podcast Greg Satell's blog DigitalTonto.com Buy Greg's book Mapping Innovation: A Playbook for Navigating a Disruptive Age Download first chapter of the book HERE Get in touch with Greg on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World, a book by General Stanley McChrystal Innovation Ecosystem Episode 050: Hacking Flow: How to Make Outperformance a Habit with Steven Kotler

33. 055 - Hollywood or Bust: New Business Ideas from Other Worlds with Hanne de Mora
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In this episode, we are joined by Hanne de Mora, Co-Founder and Chairperson of management consultancy organisation a-connect, to talk about innovation of the future of the world of work. Hanne is also a member of the Board of Directors for AB Volvo and the Supervisory Board for IMD Business School.

What was Covered

How Hanne and her fellow Co-Founders created new demand within the traditional industry of workforce and management consultancy services – and how Hollywood provided inspiration How technology changes the consulting, executive education and transportation industries and how these forces also apply elsewhere Why Hanne thinks it is important for business leaders to foster entrepreneurship within organisations through pushing responsibility for human resource and P&L management processes as far down the organization as possible The top skill sets which Hanne thinks are essential to being successful in the future of the world of work Key Takeaways and Learnings How understanding the numbers – how does a business make money and what does its cash flow look like – will remain relevant for any future leader. In a world of ever increasing pace of change the ability to course correct is essential. Inspiration is not hierarchical – it can come from anywhere in an organization. And while mothers and fathers will happily talk about being inspired by their children there remains a resistance within organisations to gain similar inspiration from their cross-generational workforces.   


34. 054 - Back in the Game: EA's Near Death Experience with Andy Billings
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In this episode, Andy Billings, Vice President of Profitable Creativity at Electronic Arts, joins us. Andy is co-founder of Electronic Arts University, an internship program for graduates to begin careers in gaming, and is also an Innovation Advisor for the think tank, Singularity University, as well as to some of the largest corporate organisations within the USA. 

What Was Covered 

How EA suffered a ‘near-death experience’ and rapid decline in profits through not responding fast enough to the digital gaming revolution and how the company used this experience to transform its culture, go to market approach and relationships with its gamers   How the company categorises innovation in three ways - Incremental, Breakthrough, and Disruptive – to maximise return on the energy and creativity within its business  How EA marries process, guidelines and practices with creativity to stay relevant in a rapidly evolving market where development cycles can be up to five years 

Key Takeaways and Learnings 

How embracing small i - incremental innovation at the enterprise level can allow it to be part of the day to day operations of the organization and not just the responsibility of an R&D lab  How EA transformed their customer relationship practices (what they call Player First) and how the results of these gamer interactions drive other core processes such as game release schedules   The importance of a learning mindset to a hits based company so that the inevitable misses can help create future value - or as Andy says, “Never try and help the organisation learn twice exactly the same way” 

35. 053 - Scrappy Intrapreneur Transforming Customer Experiences with Kyle Nicholas McCray
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In this episode, Kyle Nicholas McCray, Director of Innovation at American Pacific Mortgage Corporation, joins us to discuss his experience as an intrapreneur and innovator within an established financial business. We cover with Kyle his early career at Apple, his time as an entrepreneur and how that led him to set up Scrappy Labs, an innovation lab within APMC dedicated to exploring new and innovative products and services to revolutionize the relationship between the company and a new generation of homebuyers. 

What Was Covered 

Why Kyle decided to set up Scrappy Labs and the purpose of an innovation lab within a traditionally ‘small i’ innovation organisation  APMC’s approach to ‘institutionalizing innovation’ and its focus on how it communicates with its customers – the foundation of a services business  How Kyle acknowledges generational gaps between the company and its customers and how he responds to and leverages new trends and changes 

Key Takeaways and Learnings 

The importance of pivoting, responding quickly to changes in communication and technology, and bridging the gap between older and younger generations of staff and consumers  How nurturing a culture of ‘scrappiness’ has been essential to reducing the risk that new innovations are rejected when they come out of the ‘lab’ and are integrated into the wider organization  The importance of understanding the different communication ‘styles’ of team members how this common language helps to limit conflict and maximize the results of the innovation process 

36. 052 - Meaning Makers: How Top Leaders Use Stories with David Pearl
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In this episode, we are joined by award-winning author, David Pearl, to discuss his career as a creative confidante and personal development advisor to a number of the world’s top CEO’s and organisations. David is a respected public and keynote speaker and is the founder of Pearl Group, Opera Circus, Lively Arts and Impropera, as well as the non-profit organisation, Street Wisdom. 

37. 051 - A failure to communicate: how the absence of common language risks your digital future with Michael Mueller
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In this episode, we are joined by Michael Mueller, partner and co-founder of Acrea, an innovative management consultancy which focuses on helping companies thrive in the digital age. Michael started his career at McKinsey after which he went on to hold a number of senior IT management roles within the banking industry.  More recently he has developed his entrepreneurial career by founding a startup B2B travel company.

What Was Covered

The three most typical ways businesses are being impacted by digitization – through the creation of entirely new business models, by establishing new customer experiences, and via transforming the delivery of whole parts the operations of a business via technology The challenge established businesses face in dealing with their technology ‘debt’ in contrast to startups who can build their infrastructures from scratch at a fraction of the cost How a “failure to communicate” still exists between the IT and management groups of businesses – even as the importance of technology to operations continues to grow The reality of customer acquisition costs for startups compared to the established client bases of existing businesses

Key Takeaways and Learnings

The need for organizations to think long term when it comes to managing their technology costs The importance for startups to understand their intended customer base and to face the reality of customer acquisition costs The need for IT and management to adopt a common language to gain better understanding of how technology impacts their business, what it can do, how much it costs

38. 050 - Hacking flow: How to Make Outperformance a Habit
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Steven Kotler is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist, and the Cofounder and Director of Research at The Flow Genome Project, a research organisation dedicated to understanding the peak human performance state of Flow. Today he joins us to discuss how to hack Flow and how it can improve business performance.

What was covered

Understanding flow as the peak state of consciousness in human performance and how it is the signature of commitment and performance in domains as varied as business and sports  How flow is one of the most important skills for employees to have in the 21st century, its importance in driving creative problem solving in the VUCA world, and why companies like Patagonia embed it into their cultures and processes.  The four stages of flow, and what you can do to build it into your work and personal life.  

Key Takeaways and Learnings 

Finding the ‘Sweet Spot’ – working on a challenge that is neither boredom nor anxiety inducing – and how this is the most recurrent position in which Flow occurs  Understanding the triggers of flow and how using one or more effectively in managing yourself and employees in business can maximize Flow performance   How each of the four stages of the Flow cycle is essential to producing flow and the emotions such as frustration are actually a sign of heading in the right direction 


39. 049 - Innovating a 2000 Year Old Product with Annalisa Gigante
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In this episode, Annalisa Gigante, former Head of Innovation and R&D at LafargeHolcim, joins us. With over 25 years of experience her expertise includes management, HR, strategy, marketing and innovation. She is currently a Board member of ZIS.

What was covered

How Annalisa’s experience in different industries throughout her career has given her the opportunity to see parallels in business innovation Annalisa’s unique approach on handling project failures and how to regain momentum as an individual and as a team Annalisa’s view that innovation is present in all areas of business and not limited to within innovation teams, and how this multi-disciplinary approach ultimately helps creative growth

Key Takeaways and Learnings

The importance of recognizing 'fast failure’ in innovation projects Finding the ‘Goldilocks’ zone – the middle ground between innovation in technology and market interests, and bridging the gap by adapting a multi-disciplinary approach Recognizing the finite number of standard business models present within an organization and using these analytics to assist in the external and internal innovation of a business

Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode

The Business Model Navigator: 55 Models That Will Revolutionise Your Business by Oliver Gassman - http://amzn.to/2aKJEFu 


40. 048 - Solving Wicked Problems: My Quest for Sustainable Agriculture
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In this episode Pam Marrone, a serial entrepreneur, having founded, built and sold two biopesticide companies, joins us. She is currently the CEO and founder of Marrone Bio Innovations Inc, a Nasdaq listed company at the forefront of the drive towards sustainable agriculture.  This purpose drove my work at Syngenta, and is central to that of Terramera, the Vancouver-based agtech company that I am on the Board of.

In our discussion we cover: 

The arc of Pam's fascinating career.  She shares her unique perspective, developed over four decades in the industry and some of the ups and downs that characterise every entrepreneurial journey How agriculture is being shaped and transformed by digital technologies such as drones, sensors, robotics and big data What it takes to be a paradigm breaker and intrapreneur in an industry like agribusiness, characterised by long product lifecycles, an increasingly challenging regulatory environment, and industry consolidation

Key takeaways and learnings include:

Valuable insights for intrapreneurs, irrespective of industry, on to how to drive change from within a large company How important it is for an entrepreneur and business builder to create a strong and sustainable culture, with a focus on hiring slowly and firing fast The disruptions underway in agriculture and the impact these can have on us all

41. 047 – Lessons from Season 3 and the Difficulties Innovators Face
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In this episode, Mark briefly shares his key takeaways from season 3 followed by a special sneak peak at his interview for Nick Skillicorn's Innovation and Creativity Summit coming up next week. Listen in as Nick interviews Mark about his intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial experiences and his key advice for corporate innovators at all levels.

42. 046-Shapeshifting Companies of the Future with Dr. Bob Johansen of Institute for the Future
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In this episode we are joined by Bob Johansen who has been helping organisations around the world prepare for and shape the future for nearly forty years. Bob is a distinguished fellow at Institute for the Future where he utilises his extensive training in the social sciences and experience with top leaders of business, government, and nonprofit organisations to encourage thoughtful consideration of the long-term future. He is also author of a number of books exploring potential futures most recently Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain Age and The Reciprocity Advantage: A New Way to Partner for Innovation and Growth.

What we cover: Bob explains how he and IFTF help companies like McKinsey, Tesco, UPS, Disney, McDonald's, and Syngenta navigate and survive in the VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world of the future. We discuss the roles for leaders, organisations and individuals in this world of the future – what will and what won’t work based on case studies in his two recent books Leaders Make the Future and The Reciprocity Advantage. Explore what particular skills and mindsets will be most in demand in the future and how some words of wisdom from Peter Drucker informed his own mindset and habits.

43. 045 - Deciphering Innovator Archetypes with Tamara Kleinberg of LaunchStreet
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In this episode we are joined by Tamara Kleinberg, serial innovator, keynote speaker, creator the Innovation Quotient Edge (IQE) Assessment and founder of LaunchStreet, a leading platform for individuals and organisations seeking to innovate.

In this episode we cover:

The lessons Tamara has learnt throughout her 20 year career advising companies such as Disney, General Mills, RICOH, P&G, J&J on how to create innovative cultures. Why she so firmly believes that everyone has the possibility to be an innovator and the implications of this for leadership in large, established organisations. We walk through Tamara’s IQE Assessment the only tool designed to decipher a person's natural innovative strengths and create the right environment for them to thrive.

44. 044 - Combining Startup and Corporate with Jenny Fielding of Techstars
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In this episode we are joined by Jenny Fielding Managing Director at Techstars a global venture capital fund for innovative tech startups. Jenny has extensive experience in both the startup and corporate worlds and a strong passion for “marrying startups with corporates” to create innovation and cultural shifts.

  In this episode we cover: Jenny’s extraordinary success scaling and exiting her first startup Switch-Mobile in three years How she moved a legacy organisation like BBC into the new digital era and founded BBC Labs, the UK’s first corporate incubator. Why infusing corporate and startup culture is so powerful and how she continues to do it at Techstars with the likes of GE, Bosch, Verizon, SAP and PWC.


What we learned: Why listening to those from all levels of the organisation is so important in effectively innovating.The virtue of listening is also explored by Robert Cialdini and Kevin Kelly. How potent and powerful the idea of bringing people together from different worlds can be and how it can be done effectively. A point also recognisable in our Innovation Leadership Circle which brings together leaders from different industries to address issues they are facing together. How the startup scene has been hugely idealised and why it’s important to talk openly about the struggles founders face and how it differs from the corporate world.

45. 043 - Vaccines, Scientific Breakthroughs and Mopping Floors with Dr. Jessica Flechtner of Genocea
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Pondering the cure for cancer, developing vaccines for genital herpes, seeking that next big scientific breakthrough and mopping a basement floor is a day in the life of this episode’s guest Dr. Jessica Baker Flechtner, Chief Scientific Officer and Biosciences Pioneer at Genocea Biosciences.

Jessica joined innovative biotech startup Genocea in 2007, soon after the company was founded, and played an essential role in progressing the small company through startup phase to going public. At the same time as building a company, Jessica used her 18+ years of experience in immunology, infectious diseases, cancer and vaccine treatment to lead the Genocea efforts to develop T cell-directed vaccines and immunotherapies.

Jessica is also a member of the prestigious 40 women over 40 for her passion project to encourage more young women to embark on careers in STEM – learn more about it here. She joins a number of our previous guests, 40 over 40 founder Whitney Johnson, Pamay Bassey and Celine Schillinger in this extraordinary forum.

In today’s episode, learn from Jessica’s journey and rationale for joining an innovative biosciences startup despite her illustrious research career; her key role in bringing a company from the acquisition of venture capital funding through to going public in year and how she and the Genocea team create a culture of discussing failure and celebrating success that helps them maintain their competitive edge in an ever-changing and demanding pharmaceutical industry. This episode is an intriguing soire into the life of a Biosciences startup pioneer and the challenges that come along with it, we hope you enjoy!

46. 042 – The Benefits of Experiential Learning for Leaders with Rocket Scientist Josh Spodek
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Do you stop and smell the roses every once in awhile ? Do you remember what a raisin really tastes like? Do you take the time to listen to what your inner monologue are really saying?
Today’s guest Josh Spodek has made it his job to remind leaders to do just that. Labelled by Forbes and ABC News as a “Rocket Scientist”, Josh is nothing short of a serial overachiever. He has found success across many fields and disciplines such as science, invention, entrepreneurship, art, leadership, coaching, and education. He is an Adjunct Professor at NYU, leadership coach and workshop leader for Columbia Business School, columnist for Inc and founder of Spodek Academy. Josh holds five Ivy League degrees, including a PhD in Astrophysics and an MBA, and studied under a Nobel Prize winner.

Josh’s fascination with leadership as something that could be learned drove him to study it himself and eventually led him down the path of leadership and as an executive coach. He now leads seminars in leadership, entrepreneurship, creativity, motivation and sales at Harvard, Princeton, MIT, INSEAD (Singapore), the New York Academy of Science, and private corporations, including: UBS, EY, Deloitte, McKinsey, BCG, Bain, Time Magazine, Google and many more. He also leads seminars in Leadership, Creativity, Sales, Strategy, and Motivation at Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, MIT, and INSEAD Singapore, among others. Following visits to North Korea, he lectured on North Korean strategy at Columbia University, and in South Korea and China wrote a book on the topic reviewed as “a very thought-provoking read that may totally change how you interpret the country.”

If his professional achievements alone aren’t enough. Josh also swam the Hudson River, did over 80,000 burpees, wrote over 2,400 blog posts, took over 250 cold showers, coined the term sidcha, and has jumped out of two airplanes. He now lives in New York City’s Greenwich Village and blogs daily at www.joshuaspodek.com.

In this episode, Josh and Mark discuss Josh’s journey from PhD student of astrophysics to launching and failing in the business world and finally becoming a sought-after leadership coach and professor at NYU. They also experiment with some practical tools and exercises Josh uses to build the leadership muscles (for those of you hungry for tools); Finally, they explore the importance of experiential learning or project-based learning for building leadership and personal skills.

47. 041 - Exploring the Power of Pause with Leadership Thought-Leader and Korn Ferry Senior Partner, Kevin Cashman.
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Kevin Cashman is Senior Partner at Korn Ferry, specialising in CEO & Executive Development and Keynote Speaking. Kevin has been in the industry for slightly over 30 years, and has seen leadership principles grow and evolve. He has advised thousands of senior executives and senior teams, in more than 60 countries, so here’s why he believes you need to take a pause, and ask questions, in order to cultivate an innovative company culture.

48. 040 - Democratising Elite Performance Tools with Dr. Andy Walshe of Red Bull Stratos
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Dr. Andy Walshe is a globally recognised leader and expert in the field of elite human performance. He has spent more than 20 years researching ways to “Hack Performance” in sport, culture, military and business to create a deeper understanding of the “Human Potential Construct”. Andy’s ultimate vision is a world where we have established a known recipe for elite performance and thus can equip some of our greatest minds with the tools they need to succeed and improve the world. Andy’s elite performance programs are designed to make accessible, and to democratise these tools, and understandable to all regardless of industry, vocation or passion.


Currently leading Human Performance for Red Bull, Andy works with hundreds of international athletes and business leaders to develop and implement elite performance models. In 2012 he lead the performance plan for Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking jump to Earth from the stratosphere. Andy also founded “Glimpses”,  the annual Human Potential Red Ball gathering, a highly-interactive two-day conference bringing together world-class talent.


In today’s podcast, Andy and Mark sit down to discuss the intricacies of human potential and how certain qualities of elite performers resonate across sectors, industries and arenas; how companies can evolve to enable more talented employees to excel and his project Human 2.0 which looks at how new technologies especially in the arena of Artificial Intelligence encourage us to explore our own potential at a much higher level.

49. 039 - Talking 100% Entrepreneurship and 0% Bureaucracy with Resourceful Human's Heiko Fischer.
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Heiko Fischer is the CEO and Founder of Resourceful Humans. The company’s motto is 100% Entrepreneurship and 0% Bureaucracy. How does Heiko incorporate this motto into his company and the companies he consults with? Find out on this week’s episode.


50. 038 - Cutting Complexity with Lisa Bodell of Futurethink
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In today’s episode, futurist and simplification guru Lisa Bodell and our host Mark Bidwell reconvene to share more essential tools for leaders and teams to simplify their work environment from her second book Why Simple Wins (check out our book review on Amazon here); they explore insights into how companies like SAP, Southwest Airlines and Syngenta are putting simplification principles into action; and get a sneak peak at her favourite tool “killing complexity” that you can try out for yourself and your team.

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51. 037 - Reviving the Swiss Watch Industry: The Remarkable Story of Swatch with Elmar Mock
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Elmar Mock is the Founder of Creaholic, but he began his career as an engineer in a deteriorating watch industry. Elmar approached top-level management within his company with an insane idea, a new way to completely innovate the industry and improve sales. Everyone thought he was crazy and his co-workers distanced themselves from him, but that turned out to be a good thing. Today’s topics include:
● His experience and frustrations as a young inventor in the dying watch industry and the unique mindset he employed.
● Using examples from the natural world he highlights the diverse approaches to innovation, change, and creation.
● Gives constructive advice for those of us pushing for change, within ourselves, the organizations we work for, and the society we live in.

02:55 - Who is Elmar? 05:10 - Elmar decided to pitch the watch company he was working for an innovative idea. To his surprise, they said yes. 08:05 - The point of innovation is to make the impossible, possible. 10:50 - The watch company and the industry were suffering. They had let go 4,000 people in four years. No one wanted to associate themselves with Elmar and his friend. 14:25 - Did Elmar succeed? How did the project end? 18:45 - How did Elmar come up with the name Creaholic? 20:15 - How easy is to drive innovation in an organization? 27:05 - Elmar explains why he hates the ‘intrapreneur’ title. 33:20 - What has Elmar changed his mind about recently? 35:25 - What does Elmar do to remain creative? 37:35 - What does Elmar attribute his success to in life?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/reviving-the-swiss-watch-industry:-the-remarkable-story-of-swatch-with-elmar-mock/

52. 036 - Hacking Reality to Have a Great Day with Caroline Webb
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Caroline is the CEO of Sevenshift, a firm that shows people how to leverage behavioral science to improve their working life. Caroline is also the author of How To Have A Good Day, which has been published in 16 different languages, in more than 60 countries. Some of the topics Mark and Caroline cover on this week’s show are:
● The secret manifesto Caroline has hidden in the book, which is shared by the Innovation Ecosystem.
● The 100-plus tools Caroline uses, all of which are scientifically proven, and operate independent of context, culture, or industry.
● What you can do to hack reality in service of having a good day.

03:25 - What’s the story behind Caroline’s book title, How to Have a Good Day? 04:45 - Only 13% of people around the world really felt excited and engaged in their work. 05:55 - Why are people so disengaged in the workforce? 08:50 - Mark gives a quick overview of Caroline’s book. 11:20 - Caroline talks about a study conducted on Gorillas, and the results of that study. 14:40 - You’re much more likely to complete a goal when it’s specific, than if it’s generic. 17:45 - Is the corporate world ready to embrace the kind of change Caroline is presenting in her book? 21:35 - What’s the tool or mindset that has made the biggest impact on Caroline? 28:05 - What is pre-mortem? 30:10 - Caroline shares an example of pre-mortem at work. 35:45 - Are people going to feel like telling someone else what you told them? If yes, then you have a good pitch/product/service! 37:45 - What does Caroline really struggle with? 41:20 - What’s Caroline currently focused on? 47:15 - What does Caroline do to remain creative and innovative? 48:15 - What does Caroline attribute her success to in life?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/hacking-reality-to-have-a-great-day-with-caroline-webb/

53. 035 - Mind+Machine Strategies That Enable Corporations to Develop New Innovation Capabilities, and Make Better Decisions Faster with Marc Vollenweider
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Marc Vollenweider is the CEO of Evalueserve and has spent over 15 years guiding Evalueserve to become a global research, analytics and data management solutions provider. This is the second time Marc has appeared on the podcast; you can listen to his first interview here. Marc has recently written the book titled, Mind+Machine:A Decision Model for Optimizing and Implementing Analytics, which Mark and Marc cover on this week’s show. Some of the other topics covered in this interview are:
● Marc’s transition from being a McKinsey partner to founding a business employing over 3,500 people.
● The winner-takes-all characteristics of the markets Marc plays in, and his strategies to go after these markets, are detailed in his new book Mind+Machine.
● The counter-intuitive benefits arising from simplification and automation.

04:30 - When Marc transition from executive to entrepreneur, what did he learn the most during that journey? 06:05 - How did Marc grow his business so rapidly? 09:50 - A couple of months ago, Marc helped automate a key process for a lot of investment banks. Fast-forward to today, what results has Marc seen from that work? 18:15 - Technology can get very complex quite quickly, but Marc is able to simplify these processes and leverage what technology is supposed to do in the first place: work efficiently and effectively. 21:15 - Marc doesn’t believe he’s disrupting the industry. He believes he’s exposing new trends, which then lead to new possibilities. 23:55 - When looking at the future of businesses, where does Marc see the biggest opportunities? 29:00 - Why did Marc write the book Mind+Machine? 33:05 - What kind of topics in Marc’s book resonate the most with readers who are fresh to the subject? 40:25 - In a lot of ways, small companies have a bigger advantage when it comes to disruption. 43:20 - How does Marc simplify his personal life? 47:00 - What has Marc changed his mind about recently? 48:20 - What does Marc do to remain creative and innovative? 50:15 - What does Marc attibutue his success to in life?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/mindmachine-strategies-that-enable-corporations-to-develop-new-innovation-capabilities-and-make-better-decisions-faster-with-marc-vollenweider/

54. 034 - The Space Between Hesitation and Commitment with Michael Gervais
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Michael Gervais is a high-performance psychologist who works in the trenches of high-stakes environments, he is a recognized speaker on optimal human performance, and he is the host of the Finding Mastery podcast. What can Michael teach us about success in the corporate world? Well, just a few of the important topics Mark and Michael discuss on this week’s episode are:
● Why is an understanding of the space between hesitation and commitment so fundamental to raising performance?
● What is micro-choking, and how can you dissolve pressure?
● A definition of failure that challenges us to step up

03:20 - How does Michael help people become the best they can be? 05:00 - How does Michael help people think more clearly when under pressure? 05:25 - What does ‘micro-choking’ mean? 08:50 - You know when you’re on the edge of your capabilities, when you begin to get butterflies in your stomach, or even get nauseous. 12:50 - To do the difficult and challenging things in life, we need the help of others. 13:30 - However, corporate America is riddled with narcissists. This actually kills success. 16:25 - How does Michael see risk and failure show up in the executive suites? 19:20 - How does personal philosophy differ from personal purpose? 23:40 - ] Michael discusses the work he did with Skydiver Felix Baumgartner, the man who broke the sound barrier. 28:15 - What has Michael learned so far, from hosting his podcast, Finding Mastery? 35:05 - What is the space between hesitation and commitment? What makes someone go over that edge? 39:40 - Write down in 20 words or less what your philosophy is. 41:20 - What has Michael changed his mind about recently? 42:55 - What does Michael do to remain creative and innovative? 44:25 - What does Michael attribute his success to in life?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/the-space-between-hesitation-and-commitment-with-michael-gervais/

55. 033 - Pre-suasion: How to Influence With Integrity with Robert Cialdini
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Robert Cialdini has spent his entire career researching the science of influence. This has earned him an international reputation as an expert in the fields of persuasion, compliance, and negotiation. On this week’s episode, Robert discusses how to enlist the support of your senior managers prior to making an important presentation, how companies can boost their productivity by up to 60%, and what we can learn from Warren Buffett on communication.

05:40 - For those who haven’t read Robert’s book, Influence, Robert offers a quick overview on the six principles of influence. 17:25 - Why did Robert decide to write his second book, Pre-suasion? 24:15 - The best influencers cultivate relationships long before they need help. 25:40 - Warren Buffett writes an annual letter to his investors, what’s so special about it? 27:45 - Be upfront with your investors. 29:45 - Behavioral science indicates that if you ask for advice, you will also gain an accomplice. 30:25 - What has Robert changed his mind about recently? 31:40 - What does Robert do to remain creative?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/pre-suasion-how-to-influence-with-integrity-with-robert-cialdini/

56. Creating Space - Bonus Episode
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Creating the Space for Innovation, in many respects, that's what we're doing with the show. We are inviting you to come out of your day-to-day life of always-on communications, with people making enormous demands of your time, and to reflect a little bit on different individuals with diverse perspectives on the subject of change, leadership, and innovation with the hope that it gives you some inspiration, some insight, some tools to actually progress your personal or organizational innovation agendas.

57. 032 - Beautiful, Transformative Constraints, and Why They Are Core to Innovation and Inventiveness with Adam Morgan
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Adam Morgan founded the company Eat Big Fish, a firm that challenges the status quo and creates an environment of challenger thinking and behavior. On this week’s episode, Adam discusses his latest book, A Beautiful Constraint, and talks on how intrapreneurs can leverage their limits to come up with creative solutions. Mark has re-read Adam’s latest book three times now, and every time, he is able to draw new conclusions from the book. It is a highly recommended read!

03:55 - Why did Adam write a book about constraints? 06:30 - Although constraints may have a bad rep, most of us understand on a basic level, that constraints are a good thing. 10:05 - There are three types of stages everybody goes through when they are faced with a difficult constraint. 13:45 - How do you keep optimism alive when faced with a difficult problem? By rephrasing the question. 19:55 - Adam was sitting in on a meeting, and the CEO said, “This year, we need to do more with less.” His staff was shocked, because no one knew what he meant, and they had already been working till 9 to 10 at night 22:55 - There are six steps outlined in Adam’s book, on how to transform your limitations into advantages. Of those six, which one has made the most impact on people? 29:40 - What constraints did Adam personally experience, when writing the book? 37:10 - What advice does Adam have for struggling intrapreneurs? 41:35 - Adam shares an example of how Virgin America was able to unlock the power of constraint, and use it to their advantage. 45:55 - What has Adam changed his mind about recently? 48:10 - What does Adam do to remain innovative and creative? 48:55 - What does Adam attribute his success to in life?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/beautiful-transformative-constraints-and-why-they-are-core-to-innovation-and-inventiveness-with-adam-morgan/

58. 031 - High Stakes Industrial Innovation: A View From Silicon Valley with Paul Brody
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Paul Brody is a Global Innovation Leader in BlockChain Technology and a Solution Leader in the Industrial Internet of Things at EY. Paul has spent more than 15 years in the electronics industry and has done extensive research for his clients on technology strategy. Paul understands that technology is deeply rooted in strategy, but it gets complex as new technologies and disruptions arise in our modern world. For example, the moment self-driving cars are perfected, it will cause a huge disruption in our economy, so how can we navigate through it? Find out more on this week’s episode.

03:15 - How would Paul characterize the impact technology is having on established businesses today? 04:25 - How does Paul get his clients to recognize that technology plays an important role in business strategy? 06:10 - Failure is still seen as a taboo in large organizations, but we need a bit of failure in order to create innovation. 07:35 - Large organizations have not been able to differentiate between good failure and bad failure. 08:15 - What insights does Paul have on companies who try to encourages a ‘failure culture’? 11:15 - In Silicon Valley, it’s quite common for entrepreneurs to fail and then go back to traditional businesses. Businesses even welcome them with open arms! 16:20 - What kind of industries is Paul paying close attention to? 21:40 - What are some of the warning signs that show a company is not ready to handle a complete 10x in productivity of their industry? 22:50 - It’s getting harder to tell whether companies are prepared for drastic change in their market. 22:52 - For companies that are serious in getting ahead, there are two factors they have to consider and follow through on. Paul explains further. 24:00 - Most people became interested in BlockChain due to Bitcoin, but Paul got involved with BlockChain for different reasons. 27:15 - Paul is not a big believer in big data or in the data-mining model. 29:50 - What advice would Paul give to intrapreneurs listening to this show? 34:30 - Are business models really evolving or is it just a repeat of a tried-and-true method? 37:35 - Bank crises have been a staple of Western economies. This is way technology like BlockChain and trust in the Bitcoin have become rampant. 39:00 - What advice would Paul give to his kids on how they should position themselves in such a dramatically changing world? 41:40 - Machines will do a lot of the leg work for us, but they can not replace that very intimate and personal human interaction. 44:35 - What has Paul changed his mind about recently? 45:55 - What does Paul do to remain creative? 48:20 - What does Paul attribute his success to in life?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/high-stakes-industrial-innovation:-a-view-from-silicon-valley-with-paul-brody/

59. 030 - The Most Powerful Question In The World of Business with Michael Bungay Stanier
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Michael Bungay Stanier, Founder of Box of Crayons, teaches the principles of how to do less hard work and more good work to the everyday stressed out manager. Michael opens a new door for managers who are struggling to get everything done. Often times, managers do not want to become coaches, but understanding basic coaching methods can help them to become more effective leaders. Habits also play a strong role in a leader’s ability to adapt to these new principles and succeed.

02:50 - What is Michael’s company, Box of Crayons, about? 04:10 - How do you make coaching practical for people? 04:55 - Busy managers often say they don’t have the time to coach people. 06:00 - Coaching is slightly weird. Managers don’t want to be a coach, they just want to do their job well. 09:10 - Slow down the rush to give advice to others. Often times you’re solving the wrong problem! 10:40 - Instead of Michael training to teach the benefits of coaching to busy managers, he shows them how to work less hard for more impact. 13:00 - There’s terrible advice out there on how to change your habits. 14:35 - Michael came up with a 3-part habit formula. 18:15 - High achievers aren’t exactly wired to congratulate themselves. 21:40 - Your first solution isn’t always going to be the right solution, which is why you need iterations. 22:50 - How did Michael find the strength to finish his book despite so many revisions, iterations and edits? 27:10 - How should managers think about their situation and what’s keeping them stuck? 29:15 - Why is it so hard for people to ask a good question? 32:05 - How has leadership styles evolved over the years, especially when it comes to creating an innovative culture? 35:55 - How can managers foster more engagement from their team? 40:15 - What has Michael changed his mind about recently? 41:55 - What does Michael do to remain creative? 43:15 - What’s next for Michael? 44:45 - What does Michael attribute his success to in life?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/the-most-powerful-question-in-the-world-with-michael-bungay-stanier/

60. 029 - Harnessing Corporate Activism To Transform A Pharmaceutical Giant with Celine Schillinger
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Céline Schillinger is a self-described corporate activist, who was called a troublemaker by her bosses. But thanks to her passion to grow and improve on rigid corporate systems, she was awarded Woman of the Year — La Tribune Women’s Awards in 2013. Céline is now the Head of Quality Innovation & Engagement at Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of the multinational pharmaceutical company Sanofi.

03:20 - What does Céline do? 05:35 - Céline’s bosses described her as a troublemaker, yet she later went on to become business woman of the year. How did she do it? 09:10 - When Céline felt like she had hit a plateau in her career. 11:30 - You can take 2 paths: You and your co-workers can protest from within the company or you can band together and become constructive. 13:15 - How Céline and her co-workers chose to make their company a better place to work. 16:15 - Céline took 63 proposals into the executive room. 17:55 - Why at the end of that meeting, Céline came out a bit frustrated. 21:05 - When you’re trying to make a change in an organization by yourself, there can be a lot of backlash. When you present new solutions in a group setting, organizations by nature have to compromise. 24:35 - People are tired of corporate speak. Customers aren’t stupid. 25:55 - Céline says to never stop building trust internally. 27:50 - Right now Céline is heading up the quality control department, working on new and innovative ways to change the way quality is monitored in vaccines. 31:50 - Too often, Céline sees people unhappy at work. When you’re unhappy at work, you’re probably unhappy at home as well. 33:30 - How does Céline contribute to creating an innovative company culture? 36:35 - Céline talks on how she kept her team accountable and hitting the right metrics. 40:35 - Where is Céline emotionally today? Does she still feel frustrated? 46:05 - What has Céline changed her mind about recently? 48:50 - What does Céline do to remain creative? 50:15 - What does Céline attribute her success to in life?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/harnessing-corporate-activism-to-transform-a-pharmaceutical-giant-with-celine-schillinger/

61. 028 - Inventing The Future with Business Model Innovation with Alex Osterwalder
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Alexander Osterwalder is an entrepreneur, author, business model innovator, and co-founder of Strategyzer, a SaaS company that helps organizations develop better growth engines, powerful business models, and so much more. On this week’s episode, Alex discusses the innovative way he wrote the Business Model Generation book and explains why the Business Model Canvas is an excellent tool for businesses looking to challenge their current business model.

02:55 - Why did Alex write the book, Business Model Generation. 04:00 - How Alex crowd sourced the book. 09:00 - What is the Business Model Canvas all about? 11:15 - There is no such thing as the one and only business tool. You need to combine tools based on your needs. 17:15 - What kinds of conversations is Alex hearing from the C-suite executives about business models? 19:40 - How do you price a cure that’s going to heal people with one injection? 21:35 - You can still be innovative on inferior technology. 24:00 - We’re still stuck in the last century when it comes to developing innovation. 29:00 - There are some great lessons you can learn from Expresso. 34:15 - Large corporations are trying hard to be innovative, but only a few of them are able to succeed. 36:55 - What is Alex’s business model? 41:55 - What has Alex changed his mind about recently? 43:40 - What does Alex do to remain creative? 44:35 - What does Alex attribute his success to in life?

62. 027 - Building An Industry-Leading Innovation Engine with Trish Malarkey
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Trish Malarkey is the Head of Research and Development at Syngenta, a company that has become a leader in the agricultural industry by bringing retailers and farmers improved management solutions. Trish has extensive technical knowledge in biology, chemistry, and biotechnology. Combining her expertise with her leadership position at Syngenta, Trish offers highly valuable insights that are both unique and eye-opening. Discover how to manage and create an innovative environment for a talented team of scientists on this week's episode.

02:15 - What does Trish do? 05:55 - Why are so many people working in Switzerland in the science field? 06:55 - Why did Trish accept the position, Head of Research and Development, at Syngenta? 08:30 - How does Trish create an innovative environment with her employees? 11:40 - Trish discusses how to create a company culture filled with purpose. 13:30 - From a leadership perspective, what does Trish do to inspire innovation? 18:30 - What is Syngenta doing that makes them better than their competitors? 21:00 - How does Trish know the research she is doing today will be beneficial in 2025? 24:30 - What does Trish see right now in terms of innovation in the agricultural industry? 27:50 - Why should people join the agricultural industry as a career? 30:00 - What does the word 'mastery' mean to Trish as a professional? 31:45 - What does mastery mean to a leader, especially in the science field? 32:50 - What has Trish changed her mind about recently? 34:15 - What does Trish do to remain creative? 35:10 - What does Trish attribute her success to?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/building-an-industry-leading-innovation-engine-with-trish-malarkey/

63. 026 - Creating a Practice of Lifelong Learning with Pamay Bassey
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Pamay M. Bassey is an entrepreneur, author of the book My 52 Weeks of Worship, and earned her B.S. degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University. Currently, Pamay is the Global Head of Learning Platform and Professional Development at BlackRock. Pamay discusses how she went from employee to entrepreneur to intrepreneur on this week's episode.

04:00 - Find out more about Pamay. 04:35 - Why did Pamay go from employee to entrepreneur to intrepreneur? 06:45 - What does Pamay mean by 'creative innovative learning environments'? 09:55 - Pamay talks about the differences between e-learning and machine-learning. 14:35 - What is 52 Weeks of Worship about? 17:35 - Was there a particular place that stood out to Pamay and really moved her? 20:50 - If you say you are something, it should really mean something to you. 24:15 - What does it mean to Pamay to be an intrepreneur? 29:55 - It is part of Pamay's job to provide engaging opportunities for an employee where they feel like they're being challenged or learning new things on a regular basis. 30:30 - When people feel like they're growing, they're less likely to look elsewhere and leave the company. 35:00 - What has Pamay changed her mind about recently? 36:45 - What does Pamay do to remain creative? 38:15 - What does Pamay contribute her success to in life?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/creating-a-practice-of-lifelong-learning-with-pamay-bassey/


64. 025 - Disrupting Finance From Within a Leading Swiss Bank with Dave Bruno
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David Bruno is the co-founder of YNOME, a transparent marketplace that rates your financial management providers and helps you assemble your own private bank. David is innovating the fintech industry and discusses how he builds trust and transparency in an industry that's notoriously very hush-hush and filled with regulations. Tune in for more on this week's episode!

01:55 - Who is David Bruno? 03:45 - What are some of David's current goals? 06:25 - David currently has a staff of around 12-15 people. 07:25 - How does David find new opportunities? 08:30 - How does David build trust among his peers and clients? 09:25 - The client's reputation, family and health is much more important than their bank account. 10:20 - All passwords are hackable. 14:30 - What does YNOME do? 15:35 - How does David work with millennials to innovate for the millennial market? 17:10 - How does David keep his board members engaged with the younger generation? 19:10 - David talks on how he attracts and retains talent. 20:50 - How does David properly educate and train his team? 22:35 - Banking managers have to hire in a different way based on the current marketplace. 25:10 - You have to motivate people from the heart. 28:20 - Millennials want to be able to compare financial institutions and choose the best option for them. 31:40 - What has David changed his mind about recently? 33:00 - What does David do to remain creative? 34:15 - To what does David contribute his success in life?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/disrupting-finance-from-within-a-leading-swiss-bank-with-dave-bruno/

65. 024 - The Science of Innovation with Amantha Imber
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Amantha Imber is the Founder of Inventium, a company that uses science-based innovation to help organizations unlock their growth. Amantha has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry such as Coca-Cola and Disney, and is the author of The Creativity Formula: 50 Scientifically-proven Creativity Boosters for Work and for Life. On this episode, Amantha discusses how to encourage a risk-taking company culture that isn't afraid to fail in the name of innovation, as well as what she personally looks for in a new hire.

03:20 - Who is Amantha and how did she get started? 04:45 - What is Amantha's book about? 05:20 - Amantha discusses some of the innovation taking place in Australian companies. 08:05 - How Amantha and her team have helped big-names like Coca-Cola and Disney with their innovation. 09:45 - When you're working on creative ways to disrupt the industry, you have to apply a long-term game plan. 11:15 - How does Amantha effectively measure the before and after of a company's innovation? 11:25 - It's difficult to foster a risk-taking company culture. 13:00 - How did Tata successfully build a company culture where it was okay to fail in the name of innovation? 15:20 - What would a typical day at Inventium look like? 16:50 - Unfortunately, companies do not give enough autonomy and control to their employees. 17:50 - If managers are simply telling staff what to do, they are also killing creativity. 21:00 - When people feel challenged, they produce more innovative outcomes. 23:55 - What does Amantha look for when hiring new talent? 27:15 - How important is purpose in a company? 29:15 - How to use the innovation audit/self-assessment quiz that's in The Creativity Formula book. 31:25 - The Creativity Formula caters to both the individual at the employee level looking to make a difference as well as senior leaders. 32:15 - What has Amantha changed her mind about recently? 33:30 - What does Amantha do to remain creative? 34:45 - What Amantha contributes her life’s success to.

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/the-science-of-innovation-with-amantha-imber/

66. 023 - Innovation Swiss Style: The Untold Story Behind Switzerland's Success with James Breiding
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James Breiding is the author of Swiss Made, a book on why Switzerland -a tiny country with few natural advantages- has become so successful in the world of banking, pharmaceuticals, machinery, and more. James discusses innovation in Switzerland and makes the point that when an entrepreneur comes up with a new and innovative method or product, there will be resistance from those who have accepted the status quo. Entrepreneurs as well as intrapreneurs need to have thick skin if they wish to disrupt the market.

03:55 - Why did James write the book, Swiss Made? 05:30 - This book is now used by Swiss diplomats, although it was not originally intended to be that way. 07:20 - What are some of the factors that have contributed to Switzerland's economic strength? 09:55 - Switzerland and other small countries tend to be more modest. James explains further. 11:25 - The average age of an S&P 500 company is 15 years. 14:10 - As James investigated further into the longevity of Swiss companies, was there a particular story that surprised him? 15:10 - About 11% of Swiss citizens live overseas. 19:30 - James discusses Swatch's story. 20:40 - Nobody has been able to replicate the Swatch. 24:40 - Apple isn't the only company who was able to create absolute raving fans over their products. 24:55 - Nestle's senior management was completely against the idea of Espresso. 26:35 - People underestimate how costly innovation is. You need to have a high tolerance for failure. 27:05 - We see the successes, but we very rarely see the failed attempts that don't make the history books. 29:15 - Successful founders like Steve Jobs tend not to be people you want to have a beer with. 29:45 - Innovators will get resistance from people who are used to doing things the tried and true way. 31:10 - Why do multinationals love Switzerland? 34:50 - Is there a connection between the success of small companies being located in countries with conscription? 38:05 - How does James think about innovation and does he adapt his investment approach when dealing with an innovative company? 42:50 - What are James's morning rituals? 44:00 - What has James changed his mind about recently? 45:30 - What advice does James have for his 25-year-old self? 50:55 - Look out for James's new book, Too Small to Fail, set to be released in 2017.

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/innovation-swiss-style-untold-story-behind-switzerlands-success-with-james-breiding/

67. Season Two Preview
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Previewing Season Two of the Innovation Ecosystem Podcast and a sneak peek into a few of the conversations I've been having with upcoming guests.


68. IE023: Season One Wrap Up
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Wrapping up Season One of the Innovation Ecosystem Podcast and reviewing the insights our many remarkable and thought provoking guests have given on leadership, innovation, and change in the world of business.

69. 022 Robert Swan - 50 Year Missions, Survival and Inspiration
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Robert Swan is a polar explorer, environmentalist, and the first man ever to walk unsupported to both the North and South Poles. He compares his icy experiences to boardroom maneuvers and his inspirational addresses have received the acclaim of discerning audiences worldwide. It is Robert's lifetime goal to work for the preservation of the Antarctic, as it is the last great wilderness on earth. Discover more about Robert and his mission on today's podcast.

03:05 - How did Rob become an explorer? 03:55 - What did Rob learn on his first expedition? 04:35 - 30 years ago Rob had to raise 5 million dollars to go on his first expedition. 05:35 - Rob gained credibility through persistence. 05:45 - If people say no, listen to why they're saying no. 07:15 - After spending a year in close quarters with his team, what did Rob learn about leadership and about people? 10:15 - What is 2041? What is Rob trying to do currently? 10:50 - It's crucial to have a clear mission and stand for something. 12:00 - Rob has been on a 50 year mission to protect the Antarctic. 12:35 - What kind of barriers do executives put up when Rob speaks at companies? 13:55 - Inspiration trails away. It's important for companies to revisit inspiration. 14:40 - Rob believes sustainable inspiration is what corporations lack. 15:00 - There's a lack of trust in big corporations. 15:35 - How does Rob sustain his inspiration? He is currently on a 50 year mission. 21:20 - If you're in doubt about climate change, then all you have to do is visit Antarctica. 22:00 - All of us have a leadership story. Who are you? What have you accomplished? 22:45 - Get your story right. Without a story, you will not inspire other people. 24:45 - What do people takeaway from their expedition to Antarctica? 27:50 - What are Rob's plans for the future? 33:20 - The world is overrun by bad news, let's make an effort to be in the good news business. 33:45 - What are some of Rob's morning rituals? 36:25 - What has Rob changed his mind about recently? 38:45 - What advice would Rob have for his 25-year-old self?


70. 021 Cris Beswick - Intrapreneurship and Building Cultures of Innovation
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Cris Beswick is a former product and industrial designer and has spent the last decade as a successful entrepreneur. He is now a globally recognized thought leader on strategic innovation and creating innovative organizations. Cris is also the author of Building a Culture of Innovation and discusses strategic ways leaders and entrepreneurs can apply an innovative framework into their company.

02:30 - How did Cris get started in this industry? 05:05 - Innovation is everywhere, but very few businesses know how to properly execute it. 08:20 - Innovation needs company culture behind it for it to succeed. 09:00 - Cris helps big organizations retain their culture as they begin to grow. 10:10 - What are successful entrepreneurs/intrapreneurs doing really well? 12:25 - How are you engaging your senior team currently? 14:15 - What are leaders doing right now that's been really effective for culture innovation? 15:35 - Good leaders constantly remind their team about the importance of innovation. 18:25 - How do leaders drive their team to new areas without disrupting performance? 21:50 - Cris talks about his latest book on innovation and why it's different from all the others. 26:55 - Cris's book goes into the real nuts and bolts of how to execute a culture of innovation within a large organization. 30:00 - Good innovation has measurements and goals in place to track success. 33:10 - A large number of senior teams admit they don't know their customers well enough. 38:00 - After managing millennials, the next leadership challenge is how to manage and lead team collaborations. 38:45 - Will we see a future where companies are collaborating with their customers as they design new products? 39:40 - What are Cris's morning rituals? 41:10 - What has Cris changed his mind about recently? 42:15 - What advice would Cris have for his 25-year-old-self?


71. 020 Gillian Zoe Segal - The Power of Proximity, and What We Can Learn From The Worlds Greatest Entrepreneurs
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Gillian Zoe Segal is the author of Getting There: A Book of Mentors. In the book, Gillian interviews incredibly successful entrepreneurs, mentors and people like Warren Buffett, to discover their secrets to success and innovation. On today's show, she discusses some of the insights into the lives of these successful and driven people and talks on what truly makes them tick.

02:35 - Why did Gillian write Getting There? 03:10 - You don't need to know where you're heading when you're starting out. 03:45 - Successful people have a very fluid mindset and they're open to change. 05:35 - Everybody in Gillian's book is an entrepreneur and a trail blazer. 06:30 - How does innovation really happen? 06:45 - All of Gillian's entrepreneurs question everything and they don't blindly follow others. 07:20 - Gillian talks about Warren Buffett. 10:20 - How important is luck? 12:15 - Get ready to hear the word 'no' multiple times. 13:05 - Resilience is the key to success. 14:35 - Gillian was so confident in what she was doing, she didn't mind the word 'no'. Her drive kept her going for five years, which is how long it took to complete the book. 15:35 - You have to believe in your product. 17:35 - What advice does Gillian have for executives who are struggling to make an impact? 18:45 - If you remember who you are, you can do anything. 19:40 - You have to create your own opportunities. 21:00 - Don't let the fear of failure deter you. 22:15 - If you don't want to quit at least once a month, you're not trying hard enough. 25:00 - If Gillian had to do this all over again, who would she put in the book? 27:25 - How did Gillian manage to interview all these people for her book? 29:05 - Surround yourself with high-grade people. 30:15 - What are Gillian's morning rituals? 30:25 - What has Gillian changed her mind about recently? 31:25 - What advice does Gillian have for her 25-year-old self? 33:25 - What's Gillian's next project? That's a secret for right now!

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/gillian-zoe-segal/

72. 019 Gerard Adams - Why Success Without Fulfillment Is The Ultimate Failure
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Gerard Adams is known as The Millennial Mentor and is a thought leader, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and philanthropist. He co-founded the popular online news platform Elite Daily and sold it for $50 million to The Daily Mail. At only 30 years old, he has backed 9 companies and has made 7 figures in revenue. Discover his story in today's podcast.

02:30 - How did Gerard get started? 03:50 - Gerard learned to be a leader through his father. 04:50 - Gerard's father was always hiding notes for Gerard to find and be inspired by. 08:10 - How did Gerard start Elite Daily? 11:00 - Gerard talks about the 2008 crash and how it affected his friends and his business. 13:45 - Elite Daily was acquired by the Daily Mail for 50 million. 16:50 - After joining a Tony Robbins seminar, Gerard was inspired to become a leader for this generation. 17:55 - Gerard shares a bit of light on Millennials and their relationship with employment. 20:25 - The way we communicate is changing, the technology is changing, but what hasn't changed is the grit and the hard work involved. 20:45 - Millennials want to bring their dreams to work, but is this a myth? 23:15 - How did Gerard build the right company culture for Millennials? 26:50 - Stuck in a cubicle? Don't miss out on Gerard's advice here. 28:05 - Gerard talks about his web series, Leaders Create Leaders. 31:35 - What are Gerard's morning rituals? 32:15 - What has Gerard changed his mind about recently? 35:35 - What advice does Gerard have for a young Millennial? Don't procrastinate.

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/gerard-adams

73. 018 Kevin Kelly - The Formula For The Next 10,000 Startups, Failing Forward, And Becoming A Teaching Organisation
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Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick at Wired magazine, co-founded Wired in 1993 and served as its Executive Editor for the first seven years. His new book is called The Inevitable, where he discusses the 12 technological forces that will change our future. On today's show, he talks on how technology will shape organizations and why leaders need to adapt to a teaching mentality within the company.

02:55 - Who is Kevin and what does a typical week look like for him? 06:35 - Kevin talks about one of his books, Cool Tools. 08:10 - Why did Kevin become so optimistic about technology back in the 80's? 12:05 - Kevin talks about his latest book, The Inevitable, and what it means to entrepreneurs/corporate executives. 15:10 - Questioning authority is now the default. 17:35 - We have to train ourselves on how to scan and use our digital media properly, just like the way we learned how to read, write, and speak. 18:40 - What kind of skills would people need to survive in the future? 19:50 - No matter what career field you're in, you have to become a teacher in order to effectively disrupt. 21:40 - What does a CEO have to know today? 22:20 - We're having the second industrial revolution right now – The power of AI. 25:15 - AI will mostly be replacing tedious tasks, other than jobs. 27:25 - Machines are good at answering questions, whereas people are good at asking those questions. This means a good question will be ever more valuable because machines can't do it. 30:30 - Innovation is primarily failure. 33:30 - There's no perfect school out there. You, as the parent, have to fill in for your children. 34:05 - The only way we know what technology is good for is by using it, not by prohibiting it. 36:40 - Learning is the new currency. 44:00 - China is going a thousand miles into the future; however, they still don't know where they want to go. 47:15 - What is Kevin afraid about? Treating our AI like slaves. 51:20 - What's the next big project for Kevin?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/kevin-kelly/

74. 017 Scott Peltin - Multiplying Your Results From Your Mindset, Energy and Recovery Rituals
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Scott Peltin is founder and chief performance officer of Tignum, a company that helps his executive clients achieve their full potential. He's worked with CEOs, C-level executives, professional athletes, and many top leaders to improve their performance and sustainability. Prior to founding Tignum in 2005, Scott worked on the front-line for over 25 years as a firefighter and as a captain, and later led his crews as a battalion and division chief in the Phoenix Fire Department.

02:20 - How did Scott get started? 03:55 - Why is leadership not taught? 05:55 - Scott shares an example of the kind of work he provides and how he helps CEOs succeed. 10:50 - What happened to Bob six months after Scott's training? He finally has the tools he needs to handle difficult situations. 13:00 - What can someone do straightaway to recover from their stressful lives? 14:45 - Beware of the stories you tell yourself. 18:20 - What happens if people are constantly grabbing your attention in the hallways? Scott has a solution for you. 21:00 - Mindset is contagious. Let's talk mindset. 27:00 - Do generations work differently in the workplace? 29:15 - When multitasking, you have to feed the brain the right nutrients in order to succeed. 30:30 - What's the next wave of performance technology going to be? 35:50 - Don't forget to sign up to Scott's newsletter as he offers a ton of great insights. 35:55 - What are Scott's morning rituals? 37:40 - What have you changed your mind about recently? 39:30 - What advice would Scott give his 25-year-old self?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/scott-peltin

75. 016 Colin Melvin - Changing an Industry, The Fifty Trillion Dollar Man
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Colin Melvin is the Global Head of Stewardship for Hermes Investment Management as well as the Founder and Chairman of Hermes Equity Ownership Services. It is Colin's mission to innovate and create successful stewardship for large institutional investors, enabling them to be active engaged owners of the companies in which they invest. Colin describes why there's such a huge disconnect in this industry and what he and his team do to help change that.

01:00 - Who is Colin Melvin? 05:45 - Why are investment/pension funds shifting? 09:45 - The proper function of the financial system should be the allocation of capital, but that's not happening. 12:00 - We currently have a short-term relationship between the investor and the company. 13:55 - Adopting what the UN has done for ethical business practices, Colin and his company are focusing on responsible business principles for investment firms. 16:35 - What challenges has Colin faced while implementing these new changes? 20:25 - Colin shares an example of their global reach. 23:35 - Colin explains his role at Hermes. 27:00 - It has taken Colin and his team 11 years to get to where they are today. 27:50 - Colin discusses the concept of 'The Universal Owner'. 29:45 - Is the government getting involved with this process? 32:00 - Colin believes there have been some political shifts based on the investment industry shifting. 35:15 - What if we valued companies differently? In a more dynamic way? Colin explains further. 36:45 - What skills has Colin used that have lead to his success? 38:45 - Does Colin have any daily rituals? 39:45 - What advice would Colin give his 25-year-old self? Don't be afraid.

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/colin-melvin/

76. 015 David Allen - Creating Space, Getting Altitude and Mitigating Against the Stress of Opportunity
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David Allen is widely recognized as the world's leading expert on personal and organizational productivity. He is the author of Getting Things Done and has shown millions of people how to transform their overwhelming lives into a relaxed and more productive one. Listen to David's popular methodology and how it has helped successful leaders all over the world.

03:15 - What is the 'Getting Things Done' approach David uses? 04:45 - How did you stumble upon this methodology? 06:45 - How does Getting Things Done help with innovation? 08:45 - Nobody went out to be innovative, they just went out to solve problems. 09:30 - What's a typical day look like for a successful tech company using David's system? 11:25 - You need to step back and look at all of the hats you're wearing. 14:00 - Surprisingly, people who are attracted to David's work are people who need it the least. 15:15 - Most of the stress you have is due to breaking agreements with yourself. 15:35 - Getting Things Done is not about getting things done. It's about being engaged with every single moment in your life. 17:45 - The first step is to get everything out of your head and on a piece of paper. 18:55 - Getting Things Done is timeless. 25:15 - David talks the evolution of his business model. 29:55 - Reflection is critical to the decision making process. 32:25 - Keeping stuff in your head is the wrong place to be keeping stuff. 35:45 - What are David's morning rituals? 39:05 - What has David changed his mind about recently? 41:35 - What advice does David have for his 25-year-old self?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/david-allen/

77. 014 Shane O'Mara - Darwin's Self-Doubt, The Power of the Resting Brain and What Our Brains Are Not Built For
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Shane O'Mara is Principal Investigator and Professor of Experimental Brain Research at Trinity College Dublin, and is currently Director of the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. He is the author of the book Why Torture Doesn't Work and discusses some of the neurological effects that stress can have on the human body. Listen in for more great insights from Shane.

04:00 - How necessary is it for your team to understand how the brain works? 07:55 - How does long-term stress effect the human body and the brain? 11:25 - It eventually backfires on organizations who intentionally build high-pressure environments for their employees. 16:15 - If you don't have to solve a problem today, then don't. Think about the problem extensively, even sleep on it. 22:00 - Shane shares an example of why Darwin delayed writing Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection for so long. 24:25 - The part of the brain we use to judge people is the same part we use to judge commercial brands. 29:00 - Shane talks about Google's hiring process. 32:40 - How much do we really understand about the brain? 35:40 - The brain changes by our experiences, by our attitudes, and even by how we talk to ourselves. 36:30 - What's Shane's morning routine? 39:10 - Shane likes to write at night because there are few distractions around. 40:10 - To be chronically sleep deprived is extremely bad for you. Shane explains further. 45:45 - What advice would Shane give to his 25-year-old self?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/shane-omara/

78. 013 Whitney Johnson - The Disruptive Individual, Riding S Curves and Liberating Constraints
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Whitney Johnson is the author of Disrupt Yourself and a contributor to the Harvard Business Review. Whitney is best known for her work on driving corporate innovation through personal disruption. She discusses the four things that help you know whether you're on the right or wrong S curve and shares examples of how to disrupt a constraint in a company environment. Tune in for more insightful advice from Whitney!

02:50 - Why did Whitney write Disrupt Yourself? 05:35 - Whitney touches on the emotional side of the job, when you first get brought on to a company. 07:35 - Are you on the low-end of the curve or simply on the wrong curve? 07:55 - Are you taking the right kinds of risks? 08:35 - Play to your strengths. We often undervalue them. 10:35 - You will get on the wrong curve, but that doesn't mean it can't benefit you. 11:25 - Constraints can be a good thing when you're trying to disrupt. 12:55 - Whenever you ask people to adopt a brilliant idea, you're asking them to jump to a new curve. 15:35 - How do you really take advantage of constraints? Whitney shares an example. 20:40 - What are good leaders doing to create innovation? 24:15 - What do good leaders do in times of failure? 27:30 - How would Whitney help an executive innovate? 30:20 - How important is curiosity and where do you go to get the proper stimulation? 32:20 - What's next for Whitney? 34:30 - Whitney asked employees, at a Fortune 50, how many of them were using their strengths every day at w 35:55 - What are your morning rituals? 37:00 - What has Whitney changed her mind about recently? 38:00 - What advice would Whitney give to her 25-year-old self?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/whitney-johnson/

79. 012 Steven D'Souza - Not Knowing - The Science of Opportunity
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Steven D'Souza is the Founder and Director of Deeper Learning.He is an international educator and the author of two books,Brilliant Networking and Not Knowing. Today, he discusses aleader's relationship with uncertainty and the unknown. He alsodives into how companies can embrace the concept of 'not knowing'and how to teach your staff to be more curious and engaged with theunknown. Find out more about this fascinating subject by listeningin.

03:55 - Uncertainty has a physical impact as well as anemotional impact of feeling threaten. 04:00 - We are afraid to feel the unknown. 04:08 - However, the unknown is not the same asuncertainty. 04:30 - There are many different ways to react to theunknown. 06:40 - It's impossible for leaders to have all theanswers. 07:45 - In the book, Steven discusses the dangers of knowledge,the dangers of thinking we, in fact, do know 08:00 - Why did nobody predict the global financial crisis?People did predict it, but people were over conf 09:05 - We all have limits to what we know. 09:40 - How do companies embrace this idea of 'notknowing'? 13:00 - Successful leadership is making space for others tohelp contribute. 15:20 - Things are not as simple or clear cut as we like tobelieve. 17:35 - When an organization is facing the unknown, it can bean incredibly terrifying place. 21:45 - A lot of innovation happens at the individual level.Steven shares an example. 22:20 - Not knowing can be a blessing sometimes. 24:25 - People who are deep in their industry recognize thelimits of their knowledge. 26:55 - Speak to somebody who doesn't have any knowledge ofyour field and see if you can describe it simply 28:25 - Is there a way to teach others on your team to be morecurious? 30:40 - Steven talks about his first book, BrilliantNetworking. 32:25 - What advice would Steven give his 25-year-oldself?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/steven-dsouza/

80. 011 Larry Cunningham - Of Berkshire, Moats and Culture
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Larry Cunningham has written a dozen books, including The Essays of Warren Buffet, Berkshire Beyond Buffett, and Quality Investing. Today, he talks about what the Berkshire subsidiaries are doing correctly and why Warren Buffett is unique as a leader. Larry also shares insightful stories of various CEOs of companies behind Berkshire and how they're able to make their investments profitable.

02:30 - Why did Larry study Warren Buffett and Berkshire? 04:00 - What surprised Larry the most as he was interviewing executives from Berkshire? 05:40 - Berkshire has shifted from being an investment company to a holding company. 06:00 - 20 years ago Berkshire was a 5-10 billion company, but 80% of its assets were in investments. 09:35 - Larry talks about Warren's strategy. 12:40 - The way Warren treats his team makes them feel like they're investing with their own personal money. 14:35 - What does it mean to be an entrepreneur? 17:15 - Berkshire doesn't insist that their subsidiaries have any sort of government or management style.16:45 - The CEO of the Marmon Group told Larry that his company has always been highly decentralized. 18:10 - Out of the 50 acquisitions Berkshire has made in the last 25 years, 40 of them have been private.17:35 - Berkshire relies on and trusts the team to make the best financial decisions. 21:25 - Larry talks about the Berkshire acquisitions that aren't bringing in profit. 27:30 - Larry shares a story about when Berkshire acquired Benjamin Moore Paint. 30:20 - What advice would Larry give to the audience about how to think about disruption? 33:15 - Many of the principles that Berkshire stands for are proven and can be replicated. 36:10 - Larry talks about the Berkshire and 3G Capital acquisition and why it's different than the others. 42:00 - What has Larry changed his mind about recently?40:50 - What are Larry's morning rituals? 43:05 - What advice would Larry have for his 25-year-old self?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/larry-cunningham


81. 010 Marc Vollenweider - Innovation powered by Mind and Machine™
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Marc Vollenweider is the CEO of Evalueserve, a company that offers innovative and disruptive solutions to their clients' problems. Marc has a genuinely unique perspective on the changes taking place in various industries and offers a lot of advice, for leaders as well as those working for more traditional and regulated firms, on how they can successfully navigate through these disruptive waters.  

02:50 - Why did Marc leave McKinsey to become an entrepreneur?
04:05 - What does Evalueserve do?
05:00 - How has the analytics marketplace developed over the last 15 years?
08:35 - Marc had two to three fundamental shifts in his business model.
09:00 - How has Marc been able to manage client expectation while at the same time growing his business?
10:05 - Evalueserve helps clients find creative and innovative ways to stand out in their market.
10:40 - How would Marc approach a new client in the financial service industry?
13:15 - Banks want to discover new ways they can save money.
15:15 - How are the best leaders thinking about new changes?
21:00 - How can people currently in these disruptive environments properly prepare for the future?
22:20 - MBA graduates are leaving traditional companies to join a startup.
24:00 - Marc suggests instead of running to a startup, stick to more traditional companies because you will see lots of opportunities for growth as everyone else moves away.
27:25 - As Marc has taken his company through this transformation, what challenges has he faced as a leader.
33:30 - Marc works with about 200 Forbes 1000 companies.
35:20 - Marc talks about his book, Mind+Machine.
38:30 - What are Marc's morning rituals?
39:15 - What has Marc changed his mind about recently?
40:45 - What advice does Marc have for his 25-year-old self?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/marc-vollenweider


82. 009 Chris Goppelsroeder – Curiosity, Clean Cows and Organisational DNA
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Christoph Goppelsroeder is the Chief Executive Officer and President at DSM Nutritional Products. Christoph talks on how a large organization can create the right space for innovation and sustainability. He believes in order to create impactful and disruptive innovation, you must understand precisely what it is that your company lives for.

01:50 - What is DSM?

03:15 - How does Christoph develop a long term plan in an ever-changing environment?

04:35 - What does the company live for? How do people see DSM?

05:10 - The three things that the company lives for are: safety, growing children, and sustainability. 

13:25 - Do not delegate innovation. Don't push it down to your team.

14:15 - What kind of disruptive innovation has Christoph seen in his company?

18:05 - Christoph talks about project 'Clean Cow'.

22:15 - Who are the drivers of innovation in your country?

24:15 - How does Christoph encourage your team to be more innovative and creative?

30:15 - Collaborating with third parties was key to the growth of the organization.

30:35 - How does Christoph and his team reach out to third parties and collaborate with them?

34:15 - Celebrate your successes.

37:25 - Does Christoph have any daily rituals?

39:45 - What has Christoph changed his mind about recently?

41:00 - What advice would Christoph give his 25-year-old self?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.net/chris-goppelsroeder


83. 008 Steven MacGregor – Wellness, Recovery and Marginal Gain
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Steven P. MacGregor is an expert in executive health and performance. He has a PhD in Engineering Design and has trained with Olympic athletes, Tour de France riders, and Ironman champions. Steven has five elements to his framework – Move, Recover, Focus, Fuel, and Train. Steven explains to Roddy how he uses this foundation to help executives’ health and improve the overall workforce of an enterprise. 

For full show notes, including timestamps, tweetables and a link to download a PDF of the transcription, please visit: http://innovationecosystem.com/steven-macgregor/

84. 007 Emmanuel Gobillot – Disciplined Collaboration, Followership and Purpose
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Emmanuel Gobillot has been described as 'the first leadership guru for the digital generation' and is a sought after speaker on leadership. He is also the author of three bestselling leadership books and offers a completely fresh perspective on how to tackle leadership successfully. On the show, Emmanuel gives a quick overview of his books, as well as answers key questions on how a leader can really help their team shine and what followers truly desire from a leader.   

For full show notes, including timestamps, tweetables and a link to download a PDF of the transcription, please visit: http://innovationecosystem.com/emmanuel-gobillot/

85. 006 Orit Wolf – Music, Warmth, Mastery and Innovation
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Orit Wolf is an acclaimed international concert pianist, lecturer, and business consultant for innovative thinking and creative marketing. Orit talks on how she uses her music background to consult companies on innovation and inspire leaders to create a more creative work environment. Listen to Orit’s story and more on today’s episode.

For full show notes, including timestamps, tweetables and a link to download a PDF of the transcription, please visit: http://innovationecosystem.net/orit-wolf/

86. 005 Dorie Clark – Unicorns, Mindsets and Guy Spier
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Dorie Clark is a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and author of the books Reinventing You and Stand Out. Dorie says that since we live in a disruptive economy where careers and technologies are constantly changing, we have to look at how we market ourselves in a brand new way. Dorie shares valuable stories and insights on some of the people she has encountered who are fluid in this ever-changing work environment and also shares key tips on how you can get your points to be heard by the right people.

01:30 – How did Dorie get started? 03:00 – Marketing has changed drastically in the last ten years. 06:20 – Disruption is everywhere. 07:00 – What are some of the differences in mindsets between a legacy company and a disruptive company? 10:00 – What is it about you that results in you seeing the world differently? 10:35 – Dorie talks about her friend Erica and the example she gives about guacamole Doritos chips. 13:10 – When you find something that is different about you, it could actually end up being a ‘weakness’ you 15:00 – Dorie talks about how you can use power mapping. 17:15 – How can you build a strong following around your ideas? 21:00 – Since we live in a world where careers change quickly, these are all skill sets that can help you in 21:35 – What kind of insights did Dorie Clark discover when she was interviewing people for her book? 24:35 – You need to have systems in place so you can actively focus on one thing at a time. 25:15 – What’s Dorie’s daily ritual? It’s always different for her. 27:15 – There isn’t a one-size-fits-all method to productivity. 33:30 – Dorie talks about the new book that she’s writing. 36:50 – There are a lot more opportunities due to new technology. 38:50 – What has Dorie changed her mind about recently? 41:20 – What advice would Dorie give to her younger self? 42:50 – Feel free to download Dorie’s free 42-page workbook on her site to help you stand out.

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.net/dorie-clark


87. 004 Sydney Finkelstein - Superbosses - We All Have a Chance to be One
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Sydney Finkelstein is the Steven Roth Professor of Management. He is also an Associate Dean of Executive Education, at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where he teaches courses on leadership and strategy. Sydney has published 20 books including Why Smart Executives Fail, Think Again, and Superbosses. On today's episode, Sydney discusses what makes super bosses so unique in terms of how they lead and how they keep great talent.

What Was Covered

02:15 - Do super bosses also have other talents?

03:15 - Super bosses know what kind of talent to look for.

06:55 - Is the pie big enough to be shared when talent wants to start their own business?

09:05 - Sydney shares an example of bosses being supportive of their employees. 

11:35 - Trying to keep your talent is going to end up hurting you more than help you.

13:30 - Is it easy being a super boss in corporate company culture?

15:45 - Are organizations aware that they're doing something special with their company culture?

20:45 - There's a big change happening in our global economy where organizations are focusing much more on human relationships than on automation.

27:35 - Millennials want to have an engaging work life and provide impact.

28:05 - How can you be a super boss?

33:25 - You might not be able to do all of the 'super boss' action steps, but you can still do a lot of them.

37:30 - When you work with a super boss, there is no expiration date to that relationship.

 FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.net/sydney-finkelstein



88. 003 Rob Wolcott - Never Leave Serendipity to Chance
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Robert Wolcott is the Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN) and a Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the Kellogg School of Management. Mark discusses innovation and how he plans to bring KIN to Europe. He also offers thoughtful advice for entrepreneurs trying to manage their team on a middle-management level.

What Was Covered 02:32 - What does a typical week look like for Rob? 04:20 - How can I be exceptional with what I do now, as well as prepare for the future? 07:05 - What are you trying to accomplish? 08:20 - Innovating for efficiency is very different than innovating for growth. 10:25 - How can entrepreneurs get things done when they're not in C-suite positions? 11:25 - Build bridges before you need them, especially if you're an entrepreneur. 15:25 - Is there a certain type of leadership model that helps create sustainable innovation? 22:00 - What does Rob mean when he says, “Don't leave serendipity to chance?” 28:10 - How does Rob plan to bring KIN to Europe? 32:00 - Don't hire horrible people. Life is too short. 36:05 - Rob talks about his trip to Bhutan. 42:15 - What are Rob's daily rituals? 45:00 - Multitasking is bad for you. 45:50 - What has Rob changed his mind about recently? 48:05 - What advice would Rob give to his 20-year-old self?

 FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.net/rob-wolcott



89. 002 Steve Goldstein - Managing for Culture, Snowblowers and Conversation
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Steve Goldstein was the former Chairman & CEO of American Express Bank and the President of the Credit Card Division at Sears. He is also the author of the upcoming book, Why Are There Snow Blowers in Miami? – set to be published in September 6, 2016. Steve is a masterful storyteller and shares key insights as to where companies often fail the most. He also talks on how you can create a company culture with engaged and passionate employees.

Steve Goldstein was the former Chairman & CEO of American Express Bank and the President of the Credit Card Division at Sears. He is also the author of the upcoming book, Why Are There Snow Blowers in Miami? – set to be published in September 6, 2016. Steve is a masterful storyteller and shares key insights as to where companies often fail the most. He also talks on how you can create a company culture with engaged and passionate employees.

What Was Covered 02:05 - What sparked Steve’s desire to break free and write a book? 04:15 - Business books tend to be a bit boring and Steve wanted to change that. 04:30 - Steve interviewed around 16 CEOs in different industries for the book. 06:20 - Stories help people understand concepts better. 08:30 - Does Steve have a repertoire of great stories or do they usually occur at the right moment? 13:10 - Everything at a company starts at the top – good and bad. 13:45 - Company values might be great in theory, but they're often not practiced. 16:55 - People often use lack of time as an excuse. 18:15 - Meetings waste time. 18:55 - There's a fine balance between leading your people vs. managing metrics and hitting targets. 24:15 - What is the solution to having leaders that focus more on the numbers than on their people? 27:45 - Steve shares a story on an interaction he had with a window washer in London. 33:35 - Steve explains why he believes leaders don't talk to their lower-level employees. 36:30 - Why on earth are there snow blowers in Florida? Steve explains. 42:15 - How can you look at the world with fresh eyes? 42:45 - Talk to your employees to find out what's working & what's not working! 44:15 - Create freedom of expression in your work environment and remove fear. 44:50 - If you don't try, you won't fail, but you also won't accomplish anything. 50:50 - How can you make meetings more efficient? 57:45 - What advice would Steve have for his 20-year-old self?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.net/steve-goldstein


90. 001 Lisa Bodell – Killing Companies, Creating Space, the Not-To-Do List
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Lisa Bodell is a globally recognized innovation leader and futurist. She founded futurethink in 2003 and is the author of the book, Kill the Company. Lisa sits down with Mark to discuss how leaders can become more efficient in the work place and how they can properly simplify the work process for everyone in the company.

What Was Covered 01:50 - Why did Lisa start her company, futurethink? 03:10 - Lisa talks about her book, Kill the Company. 04:35 - Asking people to take on more work, doesn't work. 05:50 - What does Lisa look for when she needs to get a better feel of company culture? 07:20 - Leadership is the number one barrier to change. 07:40 - What characteristics do good leaders have when trying to enable change? 09:10 - Good leaders are open to collaboration. 09:40 - The leader’s team can help define the barriers and break them down. 10:15 - Leaders should focus on asking the right questions first, before coming up with the answers. 12:30 - Leaders spend most of their time in meetings and answering emails. 18:35 - Don't call it innovation, call it efficiency. 21:30 - Lisa talks about the book she is currently writing. 21:45 - Lisa believes organizations are addicted to complexity. 26:00 - People want to do meaningful work, not answer emails and attend meetings. 29:00 - Lisa talks about diversity thought; how people think differently. 32:05 - What has Lisa changed her mind about recently? 33:50 - What advice would Lisa give to her 25-year-old self?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.net/lisa-bodell


91. 000 Welcome to Innovation Ecosystem
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